Google Pixel 3 Lite XL might fix some of the most annoying issues with the Pixel 3

Google U-turns on the 3.5mm headphone port

Google Pixel 3 XL Lite Release Date

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are a pair of truly stellar smartphones. However, they're not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. 

Thankfully then, Google is taking another run at the Pixel 3 handset with an iterative update, purportedly dubbed Pixel 3 Lite. This refreshed smartphone looks set to ditch the notch design that Samsung publicly berated, while returning the 3.5mm headphone port that has been lacking from Google-built handsets since the Pixel 2.

Reliable tipster OnLeaks and 91mobiles have teamed-up to unveil renders of the Pixel 3 Lite XL based on CAD models in the manufacturing process. 

According to the high-resolution renders, the smartphone will boast a 6-inch full HD+ display with curved bezels – which should appeal to those who aren't a fan of the monstrous notch on the Pixel 3 XL. In terms of screen size, the Google Pixel 3 Lite XL is almost perfectly between the 5.5-inch display of the Pixel 3, and 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL.

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Google is also purportedly looking to launch a cheaper Pixel 3 Lite, which presumably will be slightly smaller than the standard 5.5-inch Pixel 3.

Earlier leaks hinted at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 being chosen as the processor for the Pixel 3 Lite range, paired with the same 4GB of RAM as the pricier Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which cost £739 and £869, respectively. 

Google is believed to be targeting the $400-500 (£312-£398) price point to challenge the likes of the OnePlus 6T, and Xiaomi Mix Mix 3.

Lead Image Credit: OnLeaks / 91Mobiles

Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown

As a Staff Writer for T3, Aaron writes about almost anything shiny and techie. When he’s not barking orders at Alexa-powered microwaves or gawping at 5G speed tests, Aaron covers everything from smartphones, tablets and laptops, to speakers, TVs and smart home gadgets.