Ahead of Google announcing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, there was a rumor suggesting that Google could be launching not just two, but three Pixel smartphones for 2018. However the announcement came and went with only two Pixel 3 devices, but now newly leaked photos suggest otherwise.
According to a post on Russian tech blog Rozetked (via Android Police), they managed to get their hands on what appears to be the “budget” version of the Pixel 3. Apparently this device has the codename “Sargo” which was actually spotted in an ARCore APK teardown from last week.
Based on the alleged specs of the phone, we are looking at a 5.56-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2220×1080. It is also rumored to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and will pack 32GB of storage with a 2,915mAh battery. As Android Police points out, the use of the Snapdragon 670 has typically been found in handsets mostly designated for Asia, which means that this phone, the Pixel 3 Lite, might not be launched in the US.
Take it with a grain of salt for now, but given Google’s interest in emerging markets with its Android Go platform, so for them to create a budget Pixel handset for such markets wouldn’t really be that much of a stretch.