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Hints drop for a new Google Pixel line we've never seen before
- A mysterious phone — possibly a 2022 Google Pixel — has been discovered in official Google code.
- The phone appears to be in a similar category as the Pixel 7 Pro.
- Could this be a new device that’s even more premium than the Pixel Pro series?
In 2021, Google launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The Pro model, at the time, was the most premium smartphone we’ve ever seen from Google. So far, rumors suggest the Pixel 7 Pro could be more of the same but with a few additional tweaks.
However, some code-sleuthing by 9to5Google leads us to believe there could be something else on the horizon. In fact, there could be a 2022 Google Pixel that’s even more premium than the Pixel 7 Pro.
See also: All Google Pixel phones released so far
9to5Google bases this theory on some code seen in the publically available Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In it, the team found references to several Android-based Google products: P10, C10, felix, lynx, and G10.
The first two — P10 and C10 — most likely refer to the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, respectively. Those devices will likely come with codenames “panther” and “cheetah” to coincide with the letters in their model numbers.
Meanwhile, “felix” likely refers to the expected Google Pixel 7a, which shouldn’t launch until 2023. We’re guessing that “lynx” is the so-called Pixel Notepad, which would be Google’s first foldable phone (if it ever launches).
Finally, that leaves G10. We have no idea what this is, but we have some hints.
Mysterious 2022 Google Pixel phone, maybe
So far, there has never been a Google Pixel device with a “G” in its codename. This heavily suggests the G10 device referenced in the AOSP code is part of a brand new line.
Connected with the G10 device, you can find references to Exynos processors. This suggests the device will run Android (obviously) and come with some form of Google Tensor.
See also: What is Google’s Tensor chip?
Finally, the G10 device has display specs that exactly match those of the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Since the Pixel 7 Pro reportedly could have the same display, this would suggest a similarly high-end device as the Pixel 7 Pro.
What could G10 be? Is it a 2022 Google Pixel in a brand new line? Is it the so-called “Ultra” Pixel fans have been wanting for years? Obviously, Google did not show off this device at Google I/O when it gave us renders of the Google Pixel 7 series. So what could it be? Stay tuned as we’ll likely hear more about this in the coming weeks and months.