The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL may already be considered two of the best Android phones out there, but it looks like Google isn’t done releasing Pixel 3 phones just yet. New rumors have appeared online suggesting that Google is working on a range of lower-cost Pixels, code-named “Sargo” and dubbed the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL. The phones look to be budget options for those who want a Google smartphone experience, but don’t want to pony up the cash for the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.
The latest rumors surrounding the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL consist of a render video posted by 91Mobiles. The video — seemingly created in partnership with leaker Steve H — shows both the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite in a full 360-degree render. The video confirms display sizes for both phones — 5.5 inches and 6 inches — as well as some other details, like the plastic build and return of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Interestingly, it seems the Pixel 3 Lite XL lacks its bigger brother’s divisive notch.
The first indication we had of such a device was leaked online by Russian tech blogger Rozetked, who posted a hands-on video of an unreleased Pixel 3. The Pixel 3 Lite sports a similar style to the Pixel 3, but only has a display resolution solution of 2,220 x 1,080. It also appears to have a headphone jack, unlike the other two Pixel 3 devices, and a slightly thicker polycarbonate build.
Under the hood, the phone is clearly midrange. According to the blog post, the phone includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, which has so far been largely featured in phones targeted at Asian markets. It’s possible the larger Pixel 3 Lite XL may feature the Snapdragon 710, but there’s been little to back this up so far. You can also likely expect 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage — though it’s entirely possible that there will be options for more RAM or storage. Interestingly, other sources have noted the apparent lack of a MicroSD card — especially notable in a lower cost device.
On the back, there’s a 12-megapixel camera, while the front of the device has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Powering it all is a 2,915mAh battery.
The site claims the Pixel 3 Lite has the same 12.2-megapixel camera sensor as its flagship siblings, and if it does, that’s a huge selling point for the phone. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are largely considered to have some of the best smartphone cameras on the market, and bringing that experience to cheaper phones would be a big deal.
A few days after Rozetked gave the world its first glimpse of the upcoming Pixel 3 Lite (aka Pixel Sargo), the shared some photos to show the camera’s capabilities
For the most part, the photos look good, though the white balance seems to be off in the street photo with snow. Still, the collection leaves a lot to be desired. The photos tend to be monochromatic, making it difficult to really see color accuracy, and there are no low-light photos. Overall, the camera on the Pixel Sargo does seem to be comparable with that of the Pixel 3 when similar photos.
The report mentions that the phone will end up costing between $400 and $500, which makes sense. That would put the phones squarely in the high-end midrange market. It’s also entirely possible that this range is aimed more at emerging markets like India and China, and that we won’t see it in the U.S. at all.
We’ll update this article as we hear more about this possible new midrange Pixel line.
Updated on December 10, 2018: We’ve added the latest render video that claims to show the two midrange Pixels.