Google Pixel 3 Lite

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Google is rumoured to be releasing a new version of the Google Pixel 3 – featuring a similar design but with a cheaper price tag. Its current, rumoured name: the Google Pixel 3 Lite.

Rumours have also started about a Lite version of the Pixel 3 XL.

What will the Google Pixel 3 Lite be like?

If the rumours are true, this is how the Pixel 3 Lite would compare to the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.

Screen

Features Pixel 3 Lite Pixel 3 Pixel 3 XL
Screen size (inches) 5.56 5.5 6.3 XL
Display LCD OLED OLED
Screen resolution 1080 X 2280 FHD+2160 x 1080 QHD+ 1440 x 2960
Pixel density 444 PPI 443 ppi 523 ppi

Performance

Features Pixel 3 Lite Pixel 3 Pixel 3 XL
Battery 2,915mAh 2,915mAh 2,915mAh
Mobile platform Snapdragon 670 or 710 Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
Operating system Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Storage 32GB 64GB or 128GB 64GB or 128GB
Memory 4GB RAM 4GB RAM 4GB RAM

Design

Features Pixel 3 Lite Pixel 3 Pixel 3 XL
Build Plastic
Camera 12.2-megapixel rear camera, single 8 MP front-facing camera 12.2-megapixel rear camera, dual 8 MP front-facing cameras (one acting as a wide-angle camera) 12.2-megapixel rear camera, dual 8 MP front-facing cameras (one acting as a wide-angle camera)
Port USB-C USB-C USB-C
Speaker location Bottom edge Front Front
Headphone jack 3.5mm headphone jack No headphone jack No headphone jack

So in summary, the Google Pixel 3 Lite will be about the same size as the Pixel 3, with the same rear camera definition and battery power. It’ll have a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your wired headphones (unlike the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL), and it’ll be designed from plastic instead of glass to help keep the costs down.

The display colours might not be as bright, and it might take up more battery power as it uses a backlight (where OLED display technology doesn’t). But the Snapdragon 670 or 710 should keep the phone running powerfully and efficiently.

It only has one front-facing camera rather than two, which means you miss out on the wide angle selfie lens. And there won’t be as much storage space as the Google Pixel 3.

When can you buy the Google Pixel 3 Lite?

The Google Pixel 3 Lite is rumoured to be released in the first half of 2019, to avoid clashing with the release of the new Pixel 4 range.