Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL have been in the news since around the time Google launched the Pixel 3 series in November, 2018. Recently, much like the original Pixel 3 phones, Pixel 3 Lite and it’s larger sibling have leaked in images and videos. A recent report now suggests, Google might launch Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL in India by May 2019. The price is expected to be around Rs. 35,000.
Pixel 3 Lite launch date in US & India revealed
We already knew that the “budget” range Pixel 3 Lite will target developing countries. But, a report by sources close to the likes of Android Police says, “Speaking to a source familiar with the company’s plans, we’ve learned that Google intends to launch two new Pixel smartphones on Verizon in early spring 2019 – the Pixel 3 and 3 XL “Lite.”
So, instead of targeting the developing countries, Google might have very different plans with the Sargo (Pixel 3 Lite’s codename), it seems. So, from the report, we know Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL might launch in USA by early spring (March to June) this year. The report says that, it will launch on Verizon, US’ popular mobile network.
The Pixel 3, if you do remember launched in US and India at the same time. The phones were listed on the Indian e-tailer, Flipkart almost simultaneously with the US announcement. We don’t expect Google to take things differently with the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL. So, going by that theory and the multiple rumours afloat, we can expect Pixel 3 Lite to launch in India by May of 2019.
Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL specs
The first leak of the Pixel 3 Lite shed some light on the specs of the phone. Here’s a quick look:-
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC
- 5.56 inch IPS Display (2220×1080px, 440 DPI)
- 4GB RAM
- 2915 mAh Battery (Quick Charge 4+)
- 12MP Single Rear Camera
- 8MP Single Front Camera
The Pixel 3 Lite XL which leaked in renders has a larger 6 inch screen and might have a slightly larger battery. Apart from that, we don’t expect a lot of changes.
Pixel 3 Lite Price
Though, we have some good leaks showing us the phones, we don’t have solid information on the pricing yet. Multiple sources say, the phone will be priced around Rs. 35,000 in India.
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At Rs. 35,000, Pixel 3 Lite will compete with the flagship OnePlus 6T. But, remember that, though the Lite version uses a mid-range Snapdragon 660, the Visual Core is same as of original Pixel 3. Leakers claim that the Pixel 3 Lite is able to capture images as good as the flagship Pixel 3.
So, at Rs. 35,000, Pixel 3 Lite might be a great deal for photography maniacs. Only time will tell though.