A few days back we reported that Google is planning to release mid-range Pixel smartphones for price-sensitive markets like India.
Now, the latest rumor from China hints towards the launch of a lower-end Pixel 3 phone. This handset is most likely to be powered by Android Go, which is basically a stripped down version of Android, customized to run on low-spec hardware.
According to Chinese tech blog named Qooah, the third variant, i.e., Google Pixel 3, will be a low-cost budget phone which will be released along with its mid-range variant and flagship model in the next few months.
Apparently, Google has codenamed this series ‘Desire,’ which is interesting because the tech giant has recently hired several engineers from HTC’s original Desire series team.
The exact specifications and features of this smartphone haven’t been revealed yet, but it is speculated that the entry level Pixel 3 will feature a plastic body to make this handset more affordable.
As this device will belong to the Pixel flagship, it will be one of the first devices to receive software and security updates for no less than three years. Since Google is yet to comment on its plans for the Pixel lineup, we would have to wait for more concrete evidence to surface.
But, the release of an entry-level smartphone will definitely pave the way for Google to establish its presence in a variety of markets, which is quite low given that both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are considered expensive.