11 February 2019
The fact that Google is working on a budget line of Pixel devices is no more a rumor now. The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL lite as they are called, as of now are expected to be announced sometime around April or May this year which co-indices with the Google’s annual I/O event where the company generally talks about software rather than hardware.
One of the two rumored devices the Pixel 3 XL Lite was recently spotted on Geekbench’s site with a Snapdragon 710 SoC and 6GB of RAM running on Android 9 Pie OS. It looks like this phone may come in multiple variants as another Pixel 3 XL Lite has been spotted on Geekbench but this time with 4GB of RAM and a new name Google Pixel 3a XL.
The SoC this time isn’t clearly mentioned, unlike earlier, however the basic details point towards the presence of the same Snapdragon 710 SoC in the device. The benchmark scores with a single core score of 1640 and the multi-core score of 4973 on this device are somewhat similar to the previous leak, where the device scored 1805 and 5970 with 6GB of RAM. Since these are unreleased versions, hence the software may not be optimized yet and the final scores are likely to be higher in both the cases.
The SoC, Snapdragon 710, is an upper mid-range SoC and is present in a few devices and looks like a worthy one to be present in the budget Pixel devices and with Google’s software optimization along with the latest Android OS makes a tasty combination.
It needs to be seen if the Pixel 3XL Lite is going to still house 4GB of RAM like other Pixel devices or is Google working on multiple variants of the smartphone? What do you think?