Tech 17 Oct
As per reports, Google has been working on a mid-tier Pixel device for emerging markets. Google has neither confirmed nor denied any such reports. Throughout the year, we had rumors and leaks suggested the existence of one such device and it was tipped to launch alongside the Pixel devices in the October event.
Today the alleged device has resurfaced as folks at AndroidPolice tore down the latest ARCore application. The ARCore list is regularly updated with new devices that support AR, hinting that the new device may get launched soon. In the latest update, a couple of devices were spotted, one with a name Bonito and the other one named Sargo. These codenames are in line with Google’s process of keeping fish-themed names for upcoming devices.
It is speculated that ‘Bonito’ could be a mobile device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 while ‘Sargo’ could be the one powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series SoC. There have been quite a few rumors around the device call Bonito including a mysterious GFXBench appearance, last month. Talking about the second device, nothing much is known yet. However, this falls in line with Google’s two device strategy.
Software 15 Oct
Either both or one of these two devices are tipped to release early 2019. However, since Google has just announced its 2018 flagship devices, a global launch early 2019 does not look happening. As these devices are tipped to be made for emerging markets, a regional launch does look a probability.
Since these are very early rumors, take them with a pinch of salt and do let us know what are your thoughts about a ‘budget Pixel device’ from Google?