Rumored Mid-Range Pixel Leaks

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 17 Comments

Photos of a long-rumored mid-range Pixel handset appeared online today. As you may expect, it features mid-market specifications, save one important detail: It appears to utilize the same high-quality camera as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

So the question now is: Will Google actually sell this handset?

Back when the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were leaking all over the place this summer, some rumors suggested there would be a third, less expensive model too. This latest leak strongly implies those rumors were true: The smaller, less expensive Pixel—codenamed Sargo—has a 2220 × 1080 LCD display instead of OLED, a mid-line Snapdragon 670 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage.

But there are two surprises.

This low-end Pixel has a headphone, which is excellent. And it has the same camera system as the high-end Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which is astonishing.

Will we ever see this device in stores? Your guess is as good as mine. But with the Pixel 3 lineup starting at $800, Google is in desperate need of a less expensive option, and something akin to Apple’s iPhone XR. This could be it.

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