Google Might Be Working on Two Affordable Handsets, According to ARCore Teardown

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The search giant Google is a relatively new entrant in the smartphone market and for three years, it has been making high-end smartphones. However, it seems as if the company is expanding its portfolio to include more affordable devices.

Earlier Rumored Details of the Affordable Pixel Handset Referred to the Device Featuring a Snapdragon 710

Sometime back, a well-known tipster Roland Quandt had stumbled upon a mid-range Pixel smartphone called Bonito in the Google Lens app and this has now been corroborated by a code snippet in the latest ARCore update. Apart from that, the name Sargo has also appeared in the ARCore update. Although the code doesn’t reveal any information about the devices, given that these are the names of fishes, we are inclined to believe that they are referring to Pixel smartphones as Google is fond of naming its phones after fishes internally.

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These are most likely mid-rangers and not a part of the Pixel 3 series. If Roland Quandt’s tweet is to go by, the phone codenamed Bonito will be fueled by the powerful 10nm FinFET Snapdragon 710 SoC. Since Pixel smartphones are released in pairs, so Sargo is most likely a mid-ranger too. In terms of size, it could be a smaller than ‘Bonito’ as it is a smaller fish. Quandt also said that Bonito would be released in the first half of 2019.

However, it is best to take these reports with a pinch of salt right now. Given that even Apple released a cheaper iPhone this year and the upcoming Galaxy S10 would also come in an affordable variant, it won’t really be surprising to see Google releasing cheaper devices too. Needless to say, this would be the first time that the tech giant ever does such a thing.

With the flagship market getting highly competition, perhaps companies like Google should place their stock in the mid-range market. Maybe they will fare better there.

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News Source: Android Police

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