Google reportedly working on two mid-range smartphones for early next year release
Google just launched the long time rumoured Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL globally. In India, the price of the Pixel 3 starts at Rs 71,000 for the 4GB/64GB storage model and goes up to Rs 80,000 for the 4GB + 128GB variant. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 XL is slightly more expensive than the Pixel 3. Google has launched the Pixel 3 XL for a starting price of Rs 83,000, while the price of the top-end model goes up to Rs 92,000. Past rumours had hinted that Google could launch a mid-range Pixel phone called Pixel Mini at the same event where it announced the Pixel 3. But sadly, that didn't happen. A new leak now reveals that Google is working on two mid-range smartphones to launch very soon, possibly in early 2019. The revelation comes from ARCore AKP discovered by Android Police.
The ARCore AKP file shows two phones with codenames Bonito and Sargo. We have already heard a lot about Bonito, thanks to the past rumours, while there are no words about Sargo as of now. Bonito is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, while Sargo is said to be a toned down version. There could be two possibilities. Bonito and Sargo could either be two different phones altogether or just like Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one could be bigger while other smaller in size.
The Pixel 3 comes packed with a 5.5-inch FHD+ OLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, sports a 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED display with 2960 x 1440 pixels resolution with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. As far as the design is concerned, the Pixel 3 overall looks the same as the Pixel 2, but the Pixel 3XL comes with a notched display which is pretty wide compared to the notch of the iPhones or other Android phones like Vivo V11 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, or the OnePlus 6T.
Coming back to the ARCore AKP, it shows that the two mid-range phones will come with support for AR. As of now, there are no concrete details regarding the two phones besides the fact that Google will plan to incorporate either the Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 700 tier chipsets inside the phones. We also expect the two Google phones to run Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and offer a pure Android experience to the users, something that all Google phones are famous for.
As noted, as of now, there are no details regarding the design or the specs of the phones. There's no information on what will Google name these mid-range phones or will they follow the ongoing trend of notched display and narrow bezels. As far as the prices of the two mid-range Google phones are concerned, rumours suggest that both these phones could be priced between Rs 20,000 and Rs 35,000. Considering the aggressive pricing of the phones, Google could be looking to take on the likes of other similar price segment phones like the OnePlus 6T and others. As of now, there's no official word regarding the launch of these Google phones, but rumours suggest that these two mid-range smartphones could be launch early next year.