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Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review: Should you expect flagship photo quality?

Waiting for a budget phone with excellent photo quality? Well, this reviewer reckons the Pixel 3 Lite has what you're looking for.

Published onJanuary 17, 2019

  • A Google Pixel 3 Lite video review has surfaced on YouTube.
  • The review, by a Ukrainian website, reiterates several key features.
  • Google’s cheaper Pixel is said to offer comparable photo quality to the vanilla Pixel 3.

The Google Pixel 3 Lite has to be the worst kept secret in the mobile industry right now, and the leaks keep coming. This time, a video review has been posted to YouTube (mirror seen above), giving us a more extensive look at a pre-production device.

The video review, spotted by Android Police, purportedly comes from Ukrainian tech website The channel seems rather new though, only featuring three videos. The website itself hasn’t been updated with the Pixel 3 Lite review either, so you’ll want to take this video with a grain of salt. The video has since been removed by Andro News, but another YouTuber has uploaded it.

Anyway, the reviewer notes that the phone is made out of plastic, and has a headphone jack at the top of the device. This echoes the first Pixel 3 Lite leak, which revealed a plastic build and 3.5mm jack.

The reviewer also recaps the specs, which seem to align with prior leaks too. That means a Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 5.56-inch full HD+ LCD screen (no notch here), a 12MP main camera, 8MP selfie camera, and a 2,915mAh battery.

What about battery and camera?

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite.

Speaking of the battery, the Pixel 3 Lite is said to offer similar endurance to the standard Pixel 3. Unfortunately, we don’t get any figures in this regard, such as screen-on time. We thought battery life was the Pixel 3’s Achilles heel though, as the device only achieved between four and five hours of screen-on time.

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As for the camera? The reviewer claimed that the Pixel 3 Lite’s camera quality was identical to that of the Pixel 3. We’d need to take a closer look at the two devices to figure out if this is the case. But it wouldn’t be hard to believe, as unofficial Google Camera ports have delivered great results on budget phones.

The reviewer adds that the device will be available in Spring, after the Google I/O conference. So I wouldn’t bet against more leaks emerging before then, if this launch window is indeed the case.

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