A third Google Pixel 2 named "Ultra pixel" in the works, last-minute rumor claims


UPDATE: Sorry, guys. This story turned out to be a hoax. You can check out our Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 rumor roundup for actually believable details around the two phones.

When compared with its last-year predecessors, the Google's Pixel 2 duo is shaping up to be somewhat weird — the smaller Pixel 2 is just about as safe as one would imagine — it's essentially last year's model, but with slightly upgraded internals and a barely tweaked design. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL is said to be quite different in terms of looks, as it will adopt the new industry standard of the tall, bezel-less display.

And this is great and all, but at one point there were also rumors of a third Pixel phone, code named muskie, but that was reportedly shelved. Or was it?

YouTuber Arun Maini has just uploaded a very interesting video to his channel Mrwhosetheboss, where he details an anonymous tip he received, claiming to detail said mysterious third device, called the "Ultra pixel." Take a look:


In summary, the alleged leak contains several videos and photos of a Google presentation detailing the Ultra pixel (note the small-case p). The photos show a very 2018 device, thanks to its tall aspect ratio and minimal side bezels. Maini's source also mentions the addition of a dual rear camera module, as well as "a new kind of fingerprint scanner" (while the original leaker apparently didn't elaborate upon it, Maini speculates this may be an under-display fingerprint scanner).

A different slide shows a peculiar piece of text: "The future of Android is Fluid." This is explained in the video as a replacement for Android's navigation buttons (a.k.a. the back, home, and recents keys). Essentially, Google may be moving on to a gesture-based navigation system for the device instead, similar to Apple's iPhone X.


And this all sounds great and everything, but it's fair to say most people's bullshit detectors will be set off by this rumor. Firstly, the choice not to capitalize the p in the name is extremely weird, though a possible explanation is that this isn't actually the name of the phone, but just a branding name for the camera (HTC had its own UltraPixel camera branding, and it's possible Google inherited it when it made its deal with HTC).

Another possible explanation is that this isn't a third device at all: the tall, bezel-less screen fits the base description of the Pixel 2 XL, though the pictures notably don't feature the rumored dual front speakers and the alleged dual camera module on the back fits none of the leaks we've seen so far.

Or to put it simply, it's not at all clear whether this is the real deal, or just a very elaborate last-minute hoax — from what we can see, the photos look quite credible (the presentation even uses Google's in-house Product Sans font, which is a detail most fakes forget to take into account). In any case, the official unveiling is less than a week away, on Wednesday, October 4th.

Thanks for the tips!

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35 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

hmmm..I'm liking these rumors

13. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Soft Keys are history.Thanks Google for saving space.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You could have always saved space if you didn't like soft keys on Android. There is even some launchers that have been on Android for years that used gestures. Clearly you must be new to Android.

22. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

But now its going to be native.Dont like a launcher sitting on top of an another launcher eating space.

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

WEBOS ANYONE????? COME ON! THIS IS A COMPLETE RIP

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You do know that lord Duarte (praise be) works for Google right....you can't RIP your own design.

26. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

YOU SIR.... YOU ARE CORRECT.... slipped me mind.... ALL HAIL DUARTE! BRING ME FEATURES

29. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Technically you can rip your own design. Not sure if this qualifies under that. LG owns the WebOS IP, not Google.

2. surethom1

Posts: 31; Member since: May 01, 2009

Im not liking the rumors so far the Pixel 2 Very large bezels Only 5" with 2700mAh battery (Should be Small bezels with 5.2" screen with 3200mAh battery) Pixel 2XL 6" very large physics handset

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look at the LG G6 which has a 5.7" display, and the S8 has a 5.8" display. Yet both are only 0.4" taller than an iPhone 8 which has a much lower resolution 4.7" display. So the XL 2 will have a larger display in either a smaller space or the same size as the original XL.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think he's speaking about having something like the 2XL but in a smaller size. While moving to this newer aspect ratio gives you a larger screen (though some say they're actually smaller when you go by total area rather than only measuring diagonally) the 2XL will be almost the same size as the Nexus 6p. While not the largest device, it was still a bit too large for some (myself included). I don't want to go back to a phone that size, as I MUCH prefer a more pocketable device, it sucks that we seem to lose out going that route. Last year, the only difference was the screen size and the battery size. This year it seems they're reverting to bow it was with the Nexus 5x/6p, where the larger device has more features than the smaller. While some may not have liked the Pixels (be it because of money, features, design, etc) the ONE thing they definitely got right was making 2 models in different sizes but not forcing the consumer to compromise if they went with the smaller model.

3. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Include a 3.5mm headphone jack and I'm in.

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Mind your language Well written article btw

5. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Small bezels and under-display fingerprint scanner? Shut up and take my money!!!

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1488; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Please let it be a flat screen and no gimmick curved edges.

7. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

f**k small bezels. Give functionality

9. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Errr... NO!

8. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Wow!!!! How much though if true?!!

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

My eye on that XL 2

11. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Hurry up Google, my money is waiting.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I threw my money on the screen and nothing happened. What should I do?

20. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exchange the bills with coins :D

21. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Instructions were not clear, stuck my dick in my laptop's fans. I feel helpless now :(

23. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You either have a micro penis, or a gigantic laptop lmao

30. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

31. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lmao Your gif game is so strong

14. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wait, we can say bulls**t? Edit: guess not.

15. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1420; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

If there is indeed a third Pixel model coming they sure managed to hide it well. Sounds too good to be true though.

17. pixel_ftw

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

I think it's fake But I hope it's true.

27. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'd rather have the soft keys. Gestures are an extra step.

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