Referring to a source familiar with the company's plans, we learned that Google will launch two new Pixel smartphones on Verizon in the spring of 2019 – Pixel 3 and 3 XL "Lite". An exact announcement date and price are not yet known. A Pixel 3 Lite prototype was leaked in a Russian tech blog last month, speculating speculation about where the phone will be sold and how it will be positioned in Google's larger smartphone line. Later, renderings of the 3 Lite and a larger XL version of OnLeaks were released.

These "lite" pixels will be the first mid-range phones Google has launched since the Nexus 5X launched in the US for $ 379 in 201

5. We do not know much about them, but Leaks have so far suggested fairly consistent specifications: a Snapdragon 670 or 710 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, headphone jack and 12MP back and 8MP front cameras. The smaller phone will supposedly have a 5.5-inch screen, while the larger XL display will have a 6-inch display.

Why even bring mid-range pixel phones to market in the US? Your guess is as good as mine – at first glance it really does not make sense. These phones have poor camera quality, poorer performance (both CPU / GPU and modem), and far less storage capacity. A 32GB smartphone in 2018 is a difficult sale, even at the prices that these are likely to fit. As OnePlus continues to expand its presence in America (and adds support for Verizon), the XL version could be particularly bad if Google does not position these phones with very aggressive MSRPs. For the moment we just do not know, but considering the price of "normal" pixels, I would not be the least bit surprised if the "Lite" variants are in the $ 400- $ 500 range.

We will do an update to see if and when we learn more about Pixel 3 and 3 XL Lite and when to expect it.