A new budget Google Pixel, ‘Pixel Lite’ phone with a headphone jack revealed in new leaks

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November 19, 2018
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A new ‘budget’ Pixel phone has recently surfaced the internet in an array of new leaks. The phone practically looks a carbon copy of the expensive Pixel 3. Interestingly, the source for the leaked images is the same which leaked the Google Pixel 3 XL months before its official release. The Russian blogger that first leaked the Pixel 3 XL and unveiled Google Pixel 3 XL’s controversial design is behind this leak too, so there’s a high probability that this leak would turn out to be fairly accurate too.  However, as is the case with all unofficial news sources, this one should be taken with a grain of salt too until there is some official word from Google itself.

According to the publication, the smartphone comes with a plastic body, a 5.5 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels, and a Snapdragon 670. Compared to its bigger brother, which features a Snapdragon 845 processor, AMOLED display and metal/glass the lite version seems to cut a lot of corners to save money. The existing Google Pixel which exactly looks like this also features a 5.5-inch screen, but its an AMOLED one.

The peculiar thing to notice here is that there is a ‘C’ symbol at the back of the phone instead of a ‘G’. It could point towards this leak being a fabricated one or Google might be using a placeholder for its prototype device. Things will be much more clear once more leaks arrive in the days to come.

Full spec sheet (alleged) of the phone includes:

  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of storage (no SD card slot)
  • Snapdragon 670
  • 12 MP rear camera
  • 8 MP front facing camera
  • 2,915 mAH battery
  • 5.5 inch, 2220 x 1090 IPS display

The phone is expected to cost somewhere between $400-500. The release date of the phone has not been leaked, however, an interesting thing about the phone is that the processor that it uses Snapdragon 670 has been specifically used in high-end budget smartphones in Asia. This could be an indication that Google has specifically designed this device for its Asian audience. This would make even more sense if we consider the fact that a team of Google engineers and managers went to India, prior to the launch of Pixel 3 and were highly impressed by OnePlus’s success in that region.

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