Google Pixel 3 'Lite' Shows Up in Video Leak

Google's answer to the iPhone XR appears to be close to launch in the form of a more affordable version of its flagship Pixel 3 smartphone, if a new video leak is accurate.


Andro News apparently got hold of a pre-production unit of the upcoming mid-range phone, which is dubbed Pixel 3 "Lite". The device closely resembles Google's high-end Android phone from the front, but the big difference is its plastic rear, which is likely more durable than the metal and glass chassis on the Pixel 3.

The upcoming phone is said to use a 5.56-inch 2,220 x 1,080 LCD display instead of an OLED panel, along with a Snapdragon 670 processor, 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and a long-life 2,915 mAh battery. Notably, the device also includes a headphone jack, something that was removed for the Pixel 3.

Perhaps the bigger news though is that the "Lite" model uses the same 12-megapixel camera and optically-stabilized lens as the Pixel 3, which has received high praise across the board for its photographic capabilities. (Regular MacRumors readers may recall our Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max comparison found that the devices offer comparable camera quality overall, with only a few differences between shooting modes.)

Andro News claims the new phone takes "the same quality photos as the Pixel 3," although given that much of Google's image-processing is software based, it's impossible to say how the cheaper model's mid-range Snapdragon SoC will affect real-world camera performance.


There's been no word on the exact pricing for Google's upcoming Pixel phone, which is expected to come in two sizes, but considering the Pixel 3 starts at $799, there's a good chance the smaller model will undercut Apple's ‌iPhone XR‌, which starts from $749.

In other differences described in the video leak, the "Lite" model has only one front-facing camera whereas the Pixel 3 has two, the additional autofocus sensor on the back is missing, and there's no additional front-facing speaker on the "Lite".

Google usually makes its big hardware announcements during Google I/O which is held in the spring, so we'll probably have to wait until then for more information unless the leaks keep coming.

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12 months ago

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Saw the video before and people still defending 720 p in a device in 2019 is sad because 1080p should be a minimum for a lower end phone now. But if this was reversed Apple fans would destroy Google for not putting in 1080.
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12 months ago
... that chin and forehead though... :eek:
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12 months ago

Saw the video before and people still defending 720 p in a device in 2019 is sad because 1080p should be a minimum for a lower end phone now. But if this was reversed Apple fans would destroy Google for not putting in 1080.

Clearly you still dont or wont get it that pixel count means little. Quality of the panel means much more than number of pixels.

The Pixel 2XL was a good example of that, high pixel count crap LG panel.
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12 months ago

Clearly you still dont or wont get it that pixel count means little.

Sorry some people can see differences, that’s like saying 720 and 1080 is no difference but it’s a major difference. If that’s the case Apple would have not increased the pixel count on the XS Max.
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12 months ago
The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL sound like a dumpster fire. These phones are making even loyal Google users switch to iOS/other Android phones. I can’t see how these phones will be any better.

Ugly, outdated design. Plastic. 32GB storage. 4GB of RAM. Good luck selling this, Google.
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12 months ago

No one is defending 720p because the Xr is not 720p. It is 828p. You seem to be the only one left that does not know that.

Most XR owners don’t even know this.
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12 months ago
My parents went from a 6s and 7 to an XR and don't even notice the screen quality... people on these forums just rip it becuase it's a cheaper device. The XR is a great deal.
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12 months ago

The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL sound like a dumpster fire. These phones are making even loyal Google users switch to iOS/other Android phones. I can’t see how these phones will be any better.

Ugly, outdated design. Plastic. 32GB storage. 4GB of RAM. Good luck selling this, Google.

Actually my husband has switched from his XS Max to his Pixel 3XL. It’s been a good experience for him. Where Google has problems is maintaining consistently high quality and reliability over large volumes of output.

I am still impressed at how much they improved since last year. They continue to conduct customer surveys and I expect them to become a formidable player in a couple of years. Assuming they don’t lose interest in this project, as is their unfortunate habit.

This lite version is designed to fill a niche and if it’s priced right I would imagine it will capture a lot of low cost android phone customers who have been frustrated by lack of updates for their phones and by poor camera quality. A phone like this will be a treat for them.

No it’s not going to steal away many iPhone customers. It’s not meant to. It’s just Google seeing some money on the table and going for it. I hope they are smart about the pricing.
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12 months ago

Actually my husband has switched from his XS Max to his Pixel 3XL. It’s been a good experience for him. Where Google has problems is maintaining consistently high quality and reliability over large volumes of output.

I am still impressed at how much they improved since last year. They continue to conduct customer surveys and I expect them to become a formidable player in a couple of years. Assuming they don’t lose interest in this project, as is their unfortunate habit.

This lite version is designed to fill a niche and if it’s priced right I would imagine it will capture a lot of low cost android phone customers who have been frustrated by lack of updates for their phones and by poor camera quality. A phone like this will be a treat for them.

No it’s not going to steal away many iPhone customers. It’s not meant to. It’s just Google seeing some money on the table and going for it. I hope they are smart about the pricing.


Problem with Google on hardware is they only do experiments. Now with Pixel they started doing at higher costs at the expense of poor consumers. It is always easy to keep one leg here and the other there without commitment. If you have problems in their mobiles or hardware, you are pretty much on your own in the wild to fix things...as there nil after sales service and support.
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12 months ago
+ no ugly notch
+ 3.5mm audio jack
+ Qualcomm radio
+ one of the best cameras on the market with Night Sight
+ smarter AI assistant, services, call screening
+ proper front facing stereo speakers

If they price this right at say $599 for Pixel 3 Lite and $699 for Pixel 3 XL Lite or less it'll be nail in the coffin for iPhone Xr. To compete with other Android manufacturers they really need to be more like $499 and $599 though.
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