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The Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are probably coming soon

We could see the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite as early as this spring.

Published onFebruary 25, 2019

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite.

If you’ve been holding out for the Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, the wait might soon be over — two Google smartphones recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with model numbers G020C and G020G.

The filings show that both devices feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, and Android 9 Pie. Also, the model numbers fall in line with what Google has used for previous Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 phones, for example, use model numbers G013A and G013C.

Unfortunately, Google’s request for confidentiality prevents images and other information from being shown. Also, the filings don’t outright state that the phones are the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite.

The good news is that we already have a general idea of what the phones will look like and feature, thanks to months of rumors. The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite reportedly look like their high-end equivalents, save for the return of the headphone jack, IPS displays instead of OLED displays, single speakers, and plastic bodies instead of glass.

Even the alleged 12-megapixel rear camera and 8MP selfie camera are the same as the ones found on the normal Pixel 3 phones. Even with a lower-end processor, pictures should still look very good.

The main differences are under the hood. The Pixel 3 Lite reportedly features the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,915mAh battery. The Pixel 3 XL Lite will presumably feature the same specs, though its display and battery might be larger.

Google typically holds a fall event to announce new products. However, the request for confidentiality lifts August 24. That means Google might announce the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite sooner than expected.

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