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 Ă— 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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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Rumored Mid-Range Pixel Leaks”

  1. jeffrye

    Interesting that the phone in the picture says "Tuesday, 1 Jan." (in Russian). Is that when it's coming out?

    UPDATE - Oops! I was wrong, it says Thursday, not Tuesday. Maybe it's just a random date...

  2. waethorn

    No OLED? That's a plus!

  3. ben55124

    The poison pill is 32gb. Half that will be system, so 16GB for apps and media. That's tough even for normals. A 64gb version would wipe out every midranger out there.

  4. Tony Barrett

    If this is real, and the price is sensible for mid-range, I'd be very interested. Could be a spiritual successor to Nexus.

  5. Rycott

    So the super expensive versions are full of problems... and they are going to release a cheaper version.

    I'd be on a wait and see mission with this thing. Could be great if it doesn't just disintegrate in your hand.

  6. Jorge Garcia

    Google doesn't NEED to profit on hardware like Apple does, so If they could just make a $400 device with decent everything, 64GB of storage AND the amazing camera of the Pixel 2 (or even 3)...then market it aggressively on all carriers...then that would definitely take some of the market away from Apple and Samsung. $400 may sound unrealistic, but I don't think it is anymore if they trim back on some things and forego the profit. I feel like $400 is about the tipping point where people mentally switch from an outright purchase to fully financed.


    I would totally be down for this. My wife and daughter are both in need of an upgrade.

  8. Winner

    Looks like the successor to the Nexus 5x

  9. Pierre Masse

    Something less expensive than the XR, I hope.

  10. thespecificocean

    Dang. Just got a Pixel 3 and would have totally bought this one instead. Love polycarbonate backed phones (RIP Lumia)

  11. B Mallon

    It would be great if they made one in the XL size. I love my Pixel 2 XL, but hate the flagship price. I don't care about having a glass back phone or top of the line specs, plastic is fine. I always put my phone in a case anyway. I hope they go this route with a decent mid range priced phone.

  12. jgraebner

    If they also offer variations with more storage, this could be a pretty big seller.

  13. slbailey1

    I would consider this if it had at least 64gb of storage. Currently on my Pixel 2 the used storage space is 31gb.

  14. siv

    This could be the one for me, is there an option to add more internal storage using a micro SD card, I would definitely go for that if there was!?

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