Pixel 3 Lite XL is actually Pixel 3a XL according to leaked benchmark
The element which appears to have given the game away – if the results aren’t fabricated – is the motherboard name in the listing. “Bonito” is rumoured to be the codename for the Lite version of Google’s larger Pixel 3, while the regular model is being called “Sargo”.
Other details in the listing suggest it’ll be equipped with 4GB RAM, the same as the higher end models.
Over the past few months there’s been no shortage of rumours or leaks in regards to this Lite family of Pixels. We’ve seen supposed leaked images, digital renders and even some video showing off this new all-plastic mid-ranger.
The Lite devices themselves – according to the many, many leaks – are reportedly going to be very similar in design to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Rather than be constructed from glass, however, these are going to be plastic.
Similarly, it appears they’ll have 18:9 ratio displays, with the smaller model being 5.56-inch and the larger being 6-inches.
Apart from the shift in materials used on the exterior, the other big difference is likely to be the Snapdragon processor inside. Google is rumoured to be equipping them with Snapdragon 670 chips, rather than the more powerful Snapdragon 845.
What’s interesting here is that this would be the first time Google has offered an affordable alternative to its Pixel flagships, if the rumours hold out.
In the years pre-Pixel, Google partnered with several manufacturers on various Nexus phones, many of which were much more affordable than big-name flagships. That approach changed with Pixel.
If these Pixel Lite models do eventually hit the market (in Spring, as the rumours suggest) it would mark a change in focus for the Pixel lineup. Rather than be all about offering the purest, enhanced version of Android and a stunning AI-powered camera in a premium flagship, it would seek to bring all those benefits to market in a more affordable package.
Of course, the big question is whether or not these cheaper phones would help Google’s own hardware sales. The smartphone space is now extremely competitive, especially in the mid-range pricing segment.
Companies like Honor, OnePlus, Oppo and Nokia are all dominating the sub-£500 market, and Nokia quite famously already runs a very clean stock version of Android on its phones.