The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are right up there in price with most flagship smartphones. It’s a price some people aren’t willing to pay. This is why many smartphone makers offer cheaper mid-range options like the iPhone XR (mid-range for Apple) and the Samsung A7. Google has been rumored to be coming out with a mid-range Pixel offering and it seems we have confirmation of its existence. Behold, (possibly) the new Google Pixel mid-range smartphone.
Ars Technica reports that Russian site Rozetked has leaked photos of the mid-range device. This is the same site that previously leaked the Pixel 3 XL so they do have a positive track record.
Of course, given that this is a mid-range device there are some cost-cutting measures involved here. The display is not an OLED but instead an LCD with a 2220×1080 resolution. Gone is the Snapdragon 845 SoC, replaced with a less powerful Snapdragon 670. Internal storage has been cut down to 32GB and there are no dual front speakers but one front and one bottom speaker. Reportedly there is 4GB of RAM onboard, a 2,915 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Still, this Pixel has a headphone jack — something many users want in a smartphone. It’s also rumored this mid-range offering may actually have the same camera as its more expensive siblings. This would actually be a huge plus for this phone, given that the Pixel camera is among the best in any smartphone.
No word on pricing or availability but if I was a betting man I’d pin the price between $499USD and $549USD. I think Google may want to come in under the OnePlus 6T price to gain some traction on these. It will be interesting to see the device once it hits the streets. It will be even more interesting to see if the camera is indeed the same as the more expensive Google Pixel 3.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.