08 April 2019
It seems like Google is getting closer to the launch of Pixel 3 Lite smartphones as both have been spotted on the FCC website. The listings for both Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite have been spotted. Most of the crucial details including device images are hidden but a few details and model numbers are visible.
The model numbers seen in the listings are G020A, G020B, G020C, G020D, G020E, G020F, G020G, and G020H. These are in line with how Google traditionally assigns model numbers to its smartphones. As for what other details have been released by FCC, these include the expected features like Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, WiFi, and Android 9 Pie.
The reports further suggest that the first four model numbers belong to the Pixel 3 Lite and remaining four belong to the Pixel 3 XL Lite. As for why so many models, these are speculated to variants based on different configuration options. It means there will be variations in terms of the amount of RAM and internal storage.
In a separate report coming from Android Police, it has been claimed that Google has plans of launching Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite sometime in spring 2019. It is based on the information shared by a source familiar with the matter. The launch is said to happen on Verizon Wireless but there are no words on if other carriers will be offering the devices or not. Similarly, details regarding pricing and exact launch date are also unknown at the moment.
If we go by previous reports and rumors, these upcoming "Lite" versions are basically aimed at offering signature Pixel user experience at an affordable price point. It means they will be targetting users seeking an impressive camera performance, stock Android, and regular/faster Android updates for at least two years on a budget.