17 January 2019
In the past, we have heard about various reports claiming that Google has been working on a budget Pixel device which would be easy on the pockets. Even a recent ARCore APK teardown showed two new codenames "Sargo" and "Bonito" which are expected to be budget Pixel phones. Now for the first time, there is a leak which is actually showing a physical device and sharing more details.
This new leak is coming from a Russian website Rozetked.me comprising of a bunch of hands-on photos of a device claimed to be the Pixel 3 Lite (codenamed Sargo). It is the same website which also leaked the flagship Pixel 3 in full detail just one week ahead of the official launch. For the latest leak, it is citing an anonymous source who helped them gets their hands on the device.
Starting with the design, the alleged Pixel 3 Lite looks quite similar to other Pixel smartphones. It seems to be having a full plastic design which makes sense as it is rumored to be an affordable offering. On the front panel, there is no notch which has become a trend in modern smartphones. But the biggest difference in this budget Pixel is the presence of the 3.5mm headphone jack which Google ditched with Pixel 2 launch last year.
It sports a 5.56-inch Full HD+ (2220 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display which means there is no OLED panel. Under the hood, it is said to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor with Adreno 615 GPU. There is a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with no words on whether Google will go for microSD card support. It has a 12-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The whole package is powered by a 2915mAh battery and is running Android 9 Pie out of the box.
While all of the details shared in the leak looks quite believable, we will still suggest you take them with a pinch of salt. One of the biggest reasons to be skeptical about the report is that the device shown in the images has the alphabet "C" mention on the back panel. It should have been "G" as we have seen all Pixel smartphones so far. It is hard to tell what could be the reason for this but we will keep you updated.