Six months after their launch in October, Google’s marquee phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are two of the best phones you can buy. To that effect, Google may be wanting to extend the success of these phones with a more affordable model. Two names have been floated so far: the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3 Lite. Like the Apple iPhone XR or the Samsung Galaxy S10E, the Pixel 3a or Lite versions would offer some of the same key features as the Pixel 3 at a lower price. The original Pixel 3 phones take exceptional photos (especially in low light), have unique software features from Google like Call Screen and are equipped with top-tier hardware. But starting at $799, £739 and AU$1,199 for the Pixel 3 and $899, £869 and AU$1,349 for the Pixel 3 XL, they also have steep price tags. That’s why a less expensive, midrange Pixel 3 would be such a compelling option for many. Now playing: Watch this: Google Fi expands support to iPhones, Google Pixel 3… 1:10 The Pixel 3 and 3 XL serve as Google’s ultimate expression of its mobile operating system Android, which is the most popular OS in the world. In Feb. 2018, research firm IDC estimated that Google shipped 3.9 million original Pixels and Pixel 2 phones in 2017. Though that figure pales in comparison with the total overall smartphone market (1.5 billion), the number of Pixel owners is growing. Given that Pixel 3 Lites would be more affordable than past… [Read full story]
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