Could there be a mini Pixel for real?; Google "Bonito" with SD-710 is being tested on GFX

Could there be a mini Pixel for real?; Google
A couple of days ago, Google made fun of those who truly believe that we will see a Pixel Ultra handset unveiled at the Made By Google event  on October 9th. This was done through an Instagram post that showed a sketch of a small phone tiny enough to fit on a key ring. In the post, Google said, "We've heard rumors of a mini Pixel. Which begs the question how "mini" is too mini? We have a feeling the next one will be a bit bigger than this. Tune in on 10/9 to see for yourself."

What if Google was being serious? Respectable tipster Roland Quandt says that someone has been testing a Google phone with the code name "Bonito," powered by the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform. The comment about the next mini Pixel being a little bigger than the one that fits on a keychain could have more truth in it than we originally thought. And by the way, a bonito is a small fish that is a relative of the Tuna.

Google isn't saying anything at this point, outside of its Instagram post. It looks like we will have to wait for the Made By Google event to find out exactly how many new Pixel handsets are being introduced. The event kicks off next Tuesday, October 9th at 11am ET (8am PT, 15:00 GMT). It can be Livestreamed on the Made By Google Instagram page and the Made By Google YouTube channel.

Is Google testing a mini Pixel?

Is Google testing a mini Pixel?


source: @rquandt

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14 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why did you ask? lol.. Your team should've got a review unit from Google, since it's only 4 days till event, and you'll need to release a review next week.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They only receive review units from people they suck up to, so just Apple and Samsung.

3. rsiders

Posts: 1811; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Obviously you missed out on the same day review on the day of the LG V40 launch. I highly doubt they sucked up to LG. Just a little context for you.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not really, they didn't get invited to Apple's event, and they pre-order the iPhone XS and XS Max, that's why they make hands-on video after release date, and post a review a few days behind other reviewers.

4. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

They do suck up to Samsung and Apple.. While reviewing Xperia XZ3 they deliberately said about lack of face id, price etc.. Never complains about lack of face id in Samsung and lack of fps in Apple... Also now. SDR to HDR conversion is a big deal for PA.. they are literally crying over that feature in the new Nokia.. Xperia XZ2 had that too.. but no coverage?

5. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

They mention nokia because its a first in this price range segment, I don't think the XZ2 was less than 400USD when it first launched, not to mention that feature on worked on native sony apps, no other afaik.

7. libra89

Posts: 2153; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll want this!

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Is there a market for a phone smaller than the Pixel 2&3? Given that it's about the same size as the Galaxy S9 and iPhone XS?

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1759; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I can say I really like using my Pixel compared to my S9. While the S9 is only marginally taller, the screen is much harder to use in the upper part of the phone compared to the Pixel. To use my S9, I have to shimmy the phone up and down in my hand in order to interact with the entire screen. Buttons are easier to use, too.

11. logicsdude

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Yes. All the iPhone SE users who are tired of waiting for an update. Lots of people think that current phones are too big

13. libra89

Posts: 2153; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Exactly. Since Apple seems not to care, I'm interested. In fact, I tried the Pixel 2. It's a solid phone but too big for me. The first Pixel was the biggest I would take. The other option is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, which is a solid phone but had issues with media randomly stopping for me.

14. libra89

Posts: 2153; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Exactly. Since Apple seems not to care, I'm interested. In fact, I tried the Pixel 2. It's a solid phone but too big for me. The first Pixel was the biggest I would take. The other option is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, which is a solid phone but had issues with media randomly stopping for me.

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I still wonder if the market is big enough. You would _think_ that if they'd done their research and found enough people clamoring for small phones, Apple and Samsung and LG and Motorola would all be catering to it already. There are people still clamoring for physical keyboard phones, but apart from Blackberry, nobody's paying attention to them, either.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1759; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I doubt this will pan out to anything Pixel related. Android One, maybe. But it would be nice to dream. Google would make a mid-range device with a great camera and their HDR+ software on board. I have a first gen non-XL pixel, and love the form factor. It would be nice to keep something that size, with an 18:9 screen.

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