Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Ready To Launch Pixel Lite, Smartwatch As Ambitions Grow

Google Ready To Launch Pixel Lite, Smartwatch As Ambitions Grow

Google has big plans for 2019.

Aside from a cheaper Pixel, Google plans to release new smart speaker products, likely a successor to the original Google Home and a next-generation Google Home Mini is due. It'll be priced under Apple's entry-level iPhone of the moment, the iPhone XR. After playing with the premium smartphones for several years, now the Search giant is making a move with newer products in the market. The question centered on which you, our readers, would rather buy: a flagship version of the Google Pixel 3, or one of the alleged Google Pixel 3 Lite devices we expect to see this year? A budget Pixel 3 Lite.

Most recent rumours suggest the Pixel 3 Lite lineup will feature a Snapdragon 670 or 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a single 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, a headphone jack and a modest 32GB of internal storage.

Pixel 3 Lite purportedly has the same 5.5-inch screen size as the Pixel 3, but will carry a lower resolution 2,220 x 1,080 IPS panel compared to the FHD+ OLED on the latter.

While product names haven't been mentioned for these devices, we can easily speculate that the next premium phones from Google will be called Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Google will also be launching a new Google Home smart speaker which competes with Appel's HomePod and a new as-yet-unnamed smartwatch which will take on the Apple Watch.

Google Pixel 3 was announced back in October and presented Android fans with a number of notable improvements from its predecessor. This is part of its efforts to enter the hardware market, hoping to attract more users into its ecosystem. The report mentions statistics from the IDS that show Google sold some 3.45 million Pixel units in 2017 and 4.68 million Pixel units past year. According to a Nikkei report, the smartphone will help the company its hardware portfolio.

The report doesnt give any specific details about the timing of these products, but we should have a better idea as we get closer to Googles annual I/O developer conference where the company talks about the future of Android and Google services.

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