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.

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

As a former 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. Prior to joining T3, Aaron worked at the Daily Express and and MailOnline.