The Google Pixel 3 Lite XL has just been spotted on the GeekBench Browser, yet again. It also seems like this might be the official name of the unreleased midrange Pixel handset. The first benchmark revealed 6GB of RAM, then 4GB RAM, and now just 3GB of RAM. The respective runs’ scores are progressively slower, you’re about to find out why that is.
While previous benchmarks were run with a Snapdragon 710 onboard, the latest benchmark is run with an “MSM8953” which is the technical code for the Snapdragon 625. We really hope this is purely for Google’s thorough testing purposes because a Pixel phone with a Snapdragon 625 just sounds like it’s going to be expensive.
This chipset is about to be three years old by this point and we’re saddened to see that Google would cheap out with an old chipset for a mid-range version of its $800 phone. We’re not saying Google will do this, we’re just crossing our fingers that Google doesn’t.
Perhaps Google will target the release of the Pixel 3 Lite XL in more emerging markets, particularly in India or Latin America, where premium smartphones are very expensive for the average income and sell it for a competitive price. This is going to be interesting.
The Pixel 3 Lite XL is rumored to have a 12MP camera with Google’s HDR+ prowess. We also expect a 6-inch display with no notch, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. FCC filings also confirmed NFC will be on-board for mobile payments.
There’s seemingly no timeframe for when Google might announce these devices. We might consider Google I/O, but Google isn’t known to make hardware announcements at the developer’s conference.