Leaked Google Pixel 3 Lite cases show similar yet slightly different phone design

Victor, 15 December 2018

After a veritable surge of Pixel 3 Lite leaks back in November, the rumor mill has been surprisingly lacking on info regarding Google's alleged midrange phone. Still, the "leakster" community appears adamant that at least one or maybe even two such Pixel Lite handsets are indeed in the pipeline and inching towards a release. Last we heard any news on the matter, it was in the shape of a pair or fairly derailed 3D renders.

Now, a fresh new leak brings more of the same, but with a slight twist. The source on this new set of CAD creations is allegedly a case manufacturer. And some of those often have access to early dummy units, or at the very least detailed device dimensions so as not to waste time and potentially resources crafting products.

Now, that being said, it is totally up to you to decide if and just how much to trust this alleged representation of what is said to be the Google Pixel 3 Lite. The overall design and relative proportions of chins and bezels to screen do seem to match previous leaks. The same goes for the rear single camera setup and fingerprint placement, as well as the side power button and volume rockers. The 3.5mm audio jack on the top frame and pair of grills on either side of the Type-C port on the bottom also appear to be in familiar locations.

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Google Pixel 3 Lite renders

That being said, we can't help but notice that this new render shows a single color back, as well as a pair of selfie cameras on the front of the device. Whereas most previous rumors have typically only stuck to the idea of one selfie snapper. Still, seeing how Google's alleged goal with the Lite is to bring its excellent computational photography experience to a more affordable device, it would make perfect sense to transfer both the main 12MP and the pair of 8MP snappers to its new phone. And only then worry about cutting costs and slashing specs in other places.

Speaking of which, as far as we currently know, the Pixel 3 Lite will have the same 5.5” screen as the actual Pixel 3 smartphone. The new device will be 151.3 x 70 x 8.2 mm big, with the thickness jumping to 9 mm with the camera bump. The screen will be HD+ in resolution resolution and in an 18.5:9 tall ratio. Internals should include a Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage and a 2,915 mAh battery.

As for the even more elusive Pixel 3 Lite XL. It is said to pack a 6-inch, Full HD+, extra-tall aspect display, slightly smaller than the 6.3 on the Pixel 3 XL. The main difference, being, the lack of a notch. It could also get a slightly more potent chip than its other "Lite" sibling in the Snapdragon 710 and likely a bump up in battery capacity as well. The camera setup should remain unchanged.



Reader comments

  • Piper
  • 17 Dec 2018
  • kvT

How so? I think they'll be great competition for OnePlus and Xiaomi, particularly in Indian markets

  • Sebstin
  • 17 Dec 2018
  • kjm

151mm x 71mm?.. Why so big for 5.5" form factor?..

Why does this look better than the more "premium" ones released?

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