Google may be working on 3 new Pixel phones in 2018, a super premium model in tow


Google may be working on three new Pixel phones for 2018 and the codenames for all of them have just surfaced. Google refers to its Pixel phones under codenames that bear the names of fish, and the next Pixels are referred to as "crosshatch", "albacore", and "blueline", according to Droid-Life, a publication that has well-connected sources that have been right in the past.

Of course, this is very, very early information, but it's also extremely interesting: the idea of having three new Google Pixel phones in 2018 is that there will be one "premium" phone (similar to the iPhone X in terms of price and strategy), and two high-end phone models (that would be similar in strategy to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus). The name "Pixel" is expected to stay for all three phones.

Do not take this as the final word on the 2018 Pixel phones, though: three names floated for Google's 2017 Pixel series as well. Those codenames were "muskie", "walleye" and "taimen", and "muskie" was scrapped, so we ended up with two actual phones. What is clear is that there is no clarity on Google's plans yet, but at least we know what is being considered.

What's even more interesting is that the codename "crosshatch" for one of these upcoming 2018 Pixel phones has already popped up in Google AOSP documentation.


The other two names - "albacore" and "blueline" have not surfaced in any other way, but we see the name "wahoo" in the document above. This might refer to a whole another device that is obviously related to audio in some way. Droid-Life says this is a codename for an earlier 2017 device that has been scrapped, though.

Whichever way things turn for the Pixel next year, one thing seems certain: Google is damn serious about making hardware.

What are your thoughts on a 3-phone 2018 Pixel series? Are you interested in a super premium Pixel phone?

source: Droid-life

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9 Comments

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

they should first fix the newly released device with display and sound issues..

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really much they can do to fix LG's poor pOLEDs Maybe just software mitagation by moving the buttons, but that still wont properly fit it Unfortunate situation with Samsung's limited supply and monoploy Not many are reporting sound issues, so thats more of a QC issue, RMA for those affected

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hope to see if they will use a custom soc for pixel 3.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

They need to work on quality first. When you're charging top dollar for your devices, you can't release them with screen defects and such, they have to be on point. Also can Google please release a 8xx 8-inch FullHD tablet?

6. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

They need under screen finger print scanner

7. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I agree with most users here I think google needs to be strict with their quality control and parts that they use.

8. tgom222

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Is there any other source that is suggesting this speculation? The code just references three code names. Could be three different sizes or two phones and a tablet. I like that the Pixel 1 & 2 have had the same specs as their corresponding XL models other than screen and battery. Really feels like buyers are free to choose based on size alone. I don't like how the smaller iPhone is slightly gimped compared to the Plus. If you want the top specs, you have to get plus.

10. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

So they are just going to trail behind ALL of the Apple trends? no headphone jack and wireless buds, and a top tier phone for extra money?

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Let’s get the Pixel 2 xl fixed then talk about rumors.

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