28 Feb 2019
Google Pixel 3 Lite phones pass FCC certification, launch imminent
Thanks to some credible leaks, we know Google is working to launch Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL as lower-cost models of its Pixel 3 flagships.
And now, a total of eight models - seemingly different variants of these two phones - have passed FCC certification, hinting at an imminent launch.
Here's everything to know.
Pixel 3 Lite phones could be launched in August 2019
A total of eight phones, with model numbers G020A, G020B, G020C, G020D, G020E, G020F, G020G, and G020H, have been spotted on FCC, running Android Pie.
Moreover, 9to5Google reports that the "short-term confidentiality for identifying images is requested until August 24, 2019", suggesting Google may launch these Lite phones around the same date.
Earlier it was claimed that these phones would launch in spring.
Design and display
Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite: At a glance
As per leaks, both the phones are expected to sport a notch-free rectangular display with bezels, plastic chassis and a headphone jack positioned at the top edge.
On the back, they are expected to feature single camera, and fingerprint sensor - reminiscent of Pixel 3 flagships.
Further, Pixel 3 Lite will sport a 5.56-inch full-HD+ display while the larger model will get a 6-inch screen.
For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers
Given Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships share roughly the same specifications (internals and optics), we can expect to see the same trend on the cheaper Pixel 3 Lite pair.
As per previous leaks, both the Pixel 3 Lite and its XL variant will come with a 12MP rear camera and a single 8MP selfie snapper.
Under the hood
Again, leaks suggest both the phones will be powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Under the hood, both the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite will pack 2,915mAh battery and run Android Pie out of the box.
From the grapevine
Google's Lite smartphones will be significantly cheaper than iPhone Xr
The Russian tech blog, which leaked the Pixel 3 Lite, speculated that phone could be priced anywhere between $400-500 (approx. Rs. 28,000-Rs. 35,000).
This pricing is significantly lower than that of Apple's "affordable" phone, the iPhone Xr, which starts at $749 in the US or Rs. 70,500 in India.