The lower version of the Pixel 3 is likely to run on Android Go.

Google Pixel 3 specs leaked To run on Android P Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processorImage for representation/ Source: Maurizio Pesce via Flickr
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Written by  S. Mahadevan

While most smartphone makers don’t reveal details of the devices, which are in the development stage, it is only through leaks and rumors that the public get to know about such new models. The companies even use code names internally to keep the model’s name secret. But there are also instances where some information leaks out based on which it can be ascertained that the information pertains to a particular phone. This is how it has emerged that Google’s next flagship smartphone will be called the Pixel 3.

Based on the leaks of a few pages of Android Open Source Project (AOSP), it can be confirmed that the phone would indeed be called the Pixel 3 and there is every possibility that there may be 2 more versions, the Pixel 3 XL and the cheaper variant with the no-frills Android Go running the device. The name has been mentioned in the ‘Cherrypick’ commit which has some technical details about the device being worked on. However not much else about the phone awaiting release has been mentioned through these leaks.

The rest of the information being reported are purely in the realm of speculation. According to these, the Pixel 3 can be expected to be fitted with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. The other major development that can be predicted with a reasonable amount of certainty is the OS, which is likely to be the Android P.

Google has already released the developers’ preview of the next version of its operating system and going by the custom it has practiced in the past few years, its flagships phones are always released with the latest version of its OS.

As mentioned, while all these will be for the main Pixel 3 and the higher Pixel 3XL, there is every likelihood of a third variant with the Android Go OS. It is also rumored that this cheaper variant will be called Desire and may sport a lower Snapdragon 600 or 700 series processor.