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Pixel 3 Lite: More Photos Leak of Google’s Budget Hustler

by Justin Herrick | November 26, 2018November 26, 2018 7:30 am PST

Google’s Pixel 3 Lite, known as ‘Sargo’ behind closed doors, made another appearance ahead of its global debut.

It surfaced online earlier this month in never-before-seen photos, and even camera samples from the single-lens setup were posted just last week. Don’t expect much else to remain hidden. The same type of thing unfolded for the Pixel 3 over the summer. With these latest photos, there are more shots of the Pixel 3 Lite and some comparisons with other smartphones.

The Pixel 3 Lite won’t have an edge-to-edge screen paired with a notch. Instead, there’s a traditional top and bottom bezel. Although the aspect ratio has been stretched to some degree, it’s not exactly an immersive viewing experience.

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More than six months ago, the Economic Times revealed that Google had a budget-friendly Pixel phone in development. Nothing went official over the summer, but insider Roland Quandt shared a few features. So it always felt like the project was alive, especially after Android Police spotted its codename alongside another unreleased Google-made unit.

Since emerging markets are open to growth opportunities, Google wants to make a play for their consumers. Android One and Android Go are live, but the Pixel 3 Lite could secure better sales due to its direct connection to Google.

The overall size nearly matches Apple’s iPhone XR (right). Google hasn’t figured out a way to create compact designs, and there’s no doubt the Pixel 3 Lite will be larger than the iPhone XS (left). Still, the Pixel 3 Lite might attract consumers who are seeking a pure Android experience at a reasonable price.

As for its specifications, the Pixel 3 Lite should land in the mid-range segment. It’ll reportedly include a Snapdragon 670, 4GB of memory, 32GB of storage, 12MP and 8MP cameras, and a 2915mAh battery.

There’s no clear indication as to when Google will roll out this Pixel phone. Hardware-related announcements from the Mountain View-based company rarely come in the winter or the spring. Regardless, Google could surprise us by introducing the Pixel 3 Lite within the first few months of 2019.

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