Google Will Reportedly Release the Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ in Spring 2019

Google’s Pixel 3 “Lite” and Pixel 3 XL Lite have both leaked out in the past, both in the form of real-life photos and renders. Now, according to a new report out of Android Police, it looks like the two devices will soon hit the market.

We’ve never seen Google release a smartphone outside its normal mid-autumn time frame, but 2019 looks to bring an exception as AP says sources claim the Pixel 3 Lite devices will be released in spring of next year. Both phones will be exclusive to Verizon, although it isn’t clear if they’ll also be sold unlocked through Google’s online store.

The new mid-range Pixels should give customers with a tighter budget a premium experience for less. Rumor has it the phones will come with either a Snapdragon 670 or 710 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 5.5-inch and 6-inch screens. Google can do a lot with those specs thanks to their clean version of Android it uses for the Pixel lineup, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise of these devices are some of the better performers in the mid-range category.

That being said, Google isn’t alone in the $400-$500 range. OnePlus offers two devices that slot between $500 and $600 which pack much better specs than what we mentioned above. On top of that, they have nice designs, great battery life, and pretty nice cameras. If Google wants to reallyb win this category, it’s gonna either have to aggresively price its phones below $500 or offer a much better overall experience. It’s said the devices will use the normal Pixel 3’s exact camera setup so that may be a premier reason to buy these phones.

Regardless, none of this is confirmed just yet and we don’t have any other information to corroborate Android Police‘s reporting. Of course, we’re still a good time away from spring so be sure to stay tuned as more details trickle in.