New Pixel 3 Lite Leak Reveals More Details

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 28 Comments

Rumors about a cost-reduced Pixel 3 Lite have been circulating for months. But the latest leak reveals some new details, including a plastic body. And yes, a headphone jack.

This new leak comes in the form of a very detailed YouTube video in which the device can be clearly seen from all angles. According to the leak, the Pixel 3 Lite will look visually very similar, if not identical, to the existing Pixel 3. But it will be made of plastic, not metal and glass, and will be released, according to the narrator, “in the spring after the Google IO conference.”

As the name suggests, the Pixel 3 Lite is a “cheaper version of the Pixel 3,” with a mid-tier Snapdragon processor 670 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 12.2 MP rear camera, and a 2915 mAh battery. The 5.5-inch display features a tall 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2160 x 1080 resolution.

There are minor visual differences when compared to the Pixel 3: The power button is a different color, for example, and the SIM tray is on a different side of the device. More important is that the rear camera lacks an auto-focus sensor, while the Pixel 3 Lite has only one front camera compared to the Pixel 3’s two. And there’s only a single mono speaker on the bottom, not stereo speakers.

The best news, aside from the expected cost savings? The Pixel 3 Lite includes a headphone jack. That alone will make me consider this phone.

Looking over this, the processor is an unknown, the storage will be a sticking point for many. Especially since Google doesn’t provide microSD expansion in any of its phones.

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