Google’s entry in the mainstream smartphone industry was a result of what an ideal Android smartphone should operate. The Nexus devices acted as a benchmark each year for manufacturers to take inspiration from. Ever since then the smartphone industry has grown at a steady pace and with it Google dumped the Nexus foundations and started off with a new Pixel branding. The Pixel phones refined the company’s plans for newer smartphones and showcased their ideas on a bigger scale. With the OS’s perfection pixel devices provided the best Android experience hands down. Despite having similar hardware to its competitors, Pixel smartphones crushed every other android phone when it came to actual performance.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite is an upcoming smartphone fit for budget oriented markets codenamed Sargo and Bonito respectively. The phone was first spotted a while ago with a complete hands-on video revealing the geometry and the hardware of the phone. Since then, new leaks have surfaced thanks to folks over at mysmartprice. The model numbers for both the devices have been leaked and it is expected to make an official appearance soon. The Pixel 3 lite equipped with a Snapdragon 670 SoC is named “G020B” while the XL variant with the Snapdragon 710 SoC is codenamed “G020F”.
Given how Chinese manufacturers basically cornered the Asian market space solely on the sales of their budget smartphones google would surely want a piece of it. It is clear that Google plans on making Pixel a more mainstream brand like Apple’s iPhone and build its own eco-system. With the Pixel Lite additions, Google is adding more devices to their fleet. Unfortunately, though the Pixel devices have a ton of competition and with the Lite devices having somewhat regular hardware as compared to the Chinese devices, everything relies on the software experience. Sure, the experience is one of its kind but will it be enough for users to actually choose the Pixel Lite versions over Chinese phones like the Poco F1(review)?
The Pixel Lite smartphones are soon to make an appearance in the Indian Markets with pricing upwards of $400. Google would certainly have to do more than just make a perfect smartphone to get the attention of Indian consumers and the task becomes more difficult thanks to the price.