Google could be preparing two mid-range Pixel smartphones

Google could be preparing two mid-range Pixel smartphones
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The first traces of a mid-range Pixel smartphone date back to June this year, when a Snapdragon 710-powered device going by the codename Bonito was spotted. Google hasn’t yet made an official announcement regarding the offering, but today even more evidence pointing towards its existence has been dug up.

Found within the code of the latest ARCore APK, the codename of Bonito has once again been seen. As is typically the case, it wasn’t accompanied by any information about the device. However, it was unexpectedly found alongside another codename: Sargo. Now, it is worth noting that there's no guarantee this device is made by Google, but its fish-related codename does suggest that this is the case. Also, due to Google’s tendency of releasing its mobile products in two sizes, there’s a high chance that Sargo is a smaller version of the Snapdragon 710-powered Bonito. However, until further details about the device are dug up, this remains pure speculation.

At the moment, there is no concrete information regarding when Google may announce its mid-range offerings. But one recent rumor did mention an unveiling in early 2019.

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18 Comments

1. G1andonly

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

They need something to combat the 6T. For the price of the pixels you could (until tomorrow) but 2 and still have some money left and if you have some old devices laying around you could get 3 6T's.

10. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'm not sure they need to combat the 6T; they've never been into making mass-market phones, which is what they'd be doing if they tried to compete with the 6T on price.Stripping features out and massively increasing production to reach the 6T price-point doesn't seem to be their modus operandi; they try to make phones that do something really well that the mainstream makers don't.

2. CEDEOTB

Posts: 467; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Pixel Ultra?

7. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Nope, not happening

3. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Omg they have 2 midrangers already regarding design , ram and rom

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They still can lower on some parts, like HD+ screen, 2900mAh battery, 3GB RAM, and under 80% screen-to-body ratio. If other brand can sell that at $749, why can't google did that? (Ok, maybe not that much but more like $400-$500)

19. michaelny2001

Posts: 348; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

for that price u can buy 2 Honor 7x or even 8x lol 3GB ram is nothing nowadays and 2,900mAh is nothing too. well for an iphone is amazing.

4. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

If the current phones are the flagships I do not want to see the midrangers , 2010 phones specs

8. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

But the Snapdragon 710 (stated in the article if you read it) was released this year. So how can it be 2010 specs?

5. ev0trix

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

Oneplus 6T: hold my RAM

6. Joosty

Posts: 491; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

XR competitor.

9. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Bonito sounds like a flakey device. :)

12. Rickyvietnam

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 07, 2018

Good!

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think if Google wants to make a serious attempt at being a hardware player, midrange devices for an agreeable price is definitely the way to gain a foothold. Small and slim bezels, no notches or at best a waterdrop notch and no ridiculous screen sizes, good camera on the back, minimum 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and dual SIM. I'll gladly buy one or two

14. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll believe it when I see it.

17. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

If Xiaomi launches a Poco Phone for the US market that would be my first choice

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Hopefully it has the same camera capabilities as the ultra-expensive Pixels. If these were priced around what the OnePlus 6T is going for, I'd pick one up, provided they aren't 6"+ screens with 720p resolution.

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