Word about the next member of the Pixel family started leaking out just after Christmas. Now the rumored Pixel 3 Lite is getting some more time to shine, courtesy of a three-minute YouTube video that highlights what appears to be a budget addition to Google’s flagship hardware line.
Perhaps most interesting here (aside from the mere existence of a third Pixel 3 model) is the apparent return of the headphone jack. After making a stink about including the port on the first Pixel, the company quickly reversed course for its predecessor.
The addition of a mid-range handset would, however, be the ideal reason to bring back the port (likely for a limited time). After all, while Bluetooth headsets have become far more accessible in recent years, specialized headphones are still a big ask for folks looking to save a few (or few hundred) bucks.
There are some cost-cutting measures throughout, including a Snapdragon 670, plastic body and no second selfie-camera. In all, the device is a bit like Google’s take on the iPhone XR, though it notably appears to have roughly the same rear-facing camera configuration as its more expensive siblings. That could well owe to the fact that AI — not hardware — is doing most of the heavy imaging lifting on the new handsets.
Notably, Pixel devices generally already cost less than flagships from Apple and Samsung, but a new addition could be a nice opportunity for Google to show how Android can shine on lower-cost devices.
Update: Looks like the video was (unsurprisingly) pulled by its original poster, but has since surfaced from other uploaders.