The launch of the Pixel 3 was a rather laughable one, because a series of leaks pretty much ruined any chance of the phone being a surprise. We already knew almost everything there was to know about the device before Google officially lifted the lid on it, and while the Pixel 3 is a fantastic piece of kit, it was a real shame that Google wasn’t able to make more of a splash with the legitimate unveiling.
You’d think this would have made the search giant a little more careful with its upcoming projects, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. We’re now seeing reports from Russian site Rozetked that involve a ‘Lite’ version of the handset, and the blog even has photos to prove it.
In the images, we see a handset which looks a lot like the standard non-XL Pixel 3, but there’s one key difference – this device has a 3.5mm headphone socket. There’s also a rather fetching neon yellow power button, which we like the look of. The device retains the same basic design as the smaller Pixel 3, right down to the single camera and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Rozetked says that this budget option is rocking the Snapdragon 670 processor, and has a 5.56-inch, 2220 x 1080-pixel IPS display instead of an OLED one (which could potentially make it attractive to those who are worried about LG’s screen tech). The casing is also plastic instead of glass. Given the size of the display and the similar bezels at the top and bottom of the screen, this won’t be any smaller than the standard Pixel 3.
It’s an interesting leak, but one that perhaps should be taken with a pinch of salt. The most obvious worry is that the phone has a ‘C’ logo on the back rather than a ‘G’, which hints that all is not what it seems. Reinstating the headphone jack also seems like an odd move, given that Google – like so many other firms – has turned its back on the connection in its other handsets.
Still, as this is a pre-production sample, that could explain the lack of the proper logo. We certainly want to believe this is real, because a cheaper version of the Pixel 3 would presumably sell like hotcakes, and would get ‘pure’ Android into the hands of even more customers – and that’s a good thing in our book.