We’ve heard of the possibility of Google announcing a mid-range Pixel device but we weren’t really sure when. There were a couple of codenames that were mentioned in an APK teardown: Sargo and Bonito. These are both the names of sea-dwelling creatures like the previous codenames that Google has used for both Pixel and Nexus devices in the past.
Today’s new leak reveals much more about a mid-range Google phone thanks to some new leaked photos released by Rozetked, the same website that had its hands on the Google Pixel 3 XL and released a full-hands on video over a week before the official event took place.
The photos reveal that Google’s new midrange smartphone will have a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a design akin to the Google Pixel 2. Otherwise, the photos show the phone to have a glossy frame, which means it might be made of plastic. The white model that was photographed has a neon green power key and otherwise looks just like a Pixel 2 with a headphone jack and a taller display.
The phone was also run through GeekBench (unofficially confirming the Sargo codename) and a couple of other benchmarking apps so there are a bunch of new purported specs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 + Adreno 615
4GB of RAM + 32GB of Storage
2.915 mAh battery
5.56-inch IPS LCD (2220×1080 px)
12MP main camera
8MP front-facing camera
Android 9.0 Pie
According to these specs, this midrange Pixel could have a comparable camera to the Pixel 3. If Google manages to get its top-playing camera on a mid-range phone, it could change up the mid-range segment – depending on the price, of course. If Google puts the same camera as on the Pixel 3 it might be able to get away with asking for something at or above the OnePlus 6T’s retail price of $549.