In the wake of a saturating smartphone market, Google simply cannot rely on its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to get the job done regarding revenue generation, even though its hardware division posted $3 billion in profit last year. The company probably has an idea of striking the lower-end markets with relative ease with cheaper devices, which for now, we’ll be calling the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL. While the tech giant has not officially unveiled these lower-tier handsets, a hands-on video provides important details surrounding the smaller Pixel 3 Lite, and you’re going to want to read about this.
Google Pixel 3 Lite Features a Plastic Build to Reduce Costs; Device Reportedly Launching in Spring of This Year
According to the YouTube channel Andro News who got their hands on a pre-production unit of the Pixel 3 Lite, there were some interesting decisions made when Google’s team decided to make this. Firstly, because the Pixel 3 Lite will reportedly be a cheaper version of the Pixel 3, the video states the handset sports a plastic body, meaning it will not provide Qi wireless charging support either. However, the Pixel 3 Lite retains the headphone jack since Google might have figured that this is something customers on a more tighter budget desire. After all, it saves them on purchasing dongles and Bluetooth earphones.
The device does not feature an in-screen fingerprint reader, but a physical one that’s mounted at the rear. Google might have opted to use an IPS LCD screen on the Pixel 3 Lite to further reduce manufacturing costs, but if the company’s color science is on point, even an LCD panel can work wonders if you want to use the device for media consumption.
The hands-on video also details that there’s just a single front-facing camera on the Pixel 3 Lite, compared to two sensors on the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. Earlier leaked camera samples are decent, showing that Google might not skimp out and incorporate a low-end sensor. The video also claims that the cheaper Pixel 3 Lite takes the same quality images as the more premium Pixel 3.
As for the launch date, the small video says that the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to launch after Google’s I/O 2019 event, but it will still be running Android 9 Pie. This means that we should focus on the March, April or May to see if the Pixel 3 Lite will be unveiled during any one of these months.
The Pixel 3 Lite will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 670, while the larger Pixel 3 Lite XL might sport a Snapdragon 710, according to the latest benchmarking leak. Google might have used its eagle eyes and noticed that mid-range handsets have gotten a lot more powerful and attractive in the past 12-24 months, giving customers a ton of value for their purchase.
Perhaps this is one reason why these Pixel 3 Lite leaks continue; Google might have found a solution on how to attract a bigger market, and promote such phones in different regions. Do check out the hands-on video and let us know down in the comments on what you think about the Pixel 3 Lite.
News Source: YouTube (Andro News)