For the past few months, rumours have been swirling about a new Pixel 3 model dubbed the ‘Mini’ or ‘Lite’. While Google failed to officially announce this phone at launch, a video has emerged that appears to show the device in action.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite as revolutionary as many hoped. It does, however, have a 3.5mm audio jack. Hurrah!
The YouTube video above, posted by Mobile.com, is purportedly a pre-production model of the Pixel 3 Lite. If genuine, it puts to bed speculation of a ‘mini’ Android smartphone – a rumour Google itself helped fuel in the lead up to the Pixel 3’s launch.
Instead, it looks like we’re getting a similarly sized device with a plastic chassis instead of metal and glass. It also has a cheaper 12.2MP camera configuration with no depth sensor and only one selfie lens.
On the plus side, Google has resurrected the 3.5-mm audio jack for this cheaper model. If you’re a staunch opponent of wireless headphones, this is arguably the phone’s chief selling point.
According to the video, the 5.5-inch screen boasts a native resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 CPU. Other specs include an Areno 615 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a reasonably beefy 2915mAh battery.
Mobile.com reckons the Google Pixel 3 Lite will launch in mid April. If you’re looking to save some dosh on a flagship, this could be quite an enticing proposition; much like the Nexus phones of old. Here’s hoping Google keeps the price below $1000.
Over the past few months, we've learned practically everything there is to know about Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. But what about the rumoured third phone? According to a new leak, the so-called 'Pixel 3 Mini' is a genuine product that will launch around the same time as its larger Pixel 3 siblings. Here's what you need to know.Read more