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Google leaks Zenfone 8 Flip and other unreleased smartphones

Google revealed the identities of some unreleased phones but later corrected its mistake.

Published onMarch 15, 2021

ASUS Zenfone 7 Pro triple flip camera module
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority
  • Google has leaked the names of some unreleased and unannounced phones.
  • The list includes devices from eight Android OEMs.
  • Google later revoked the list, but not before several publications caught on to it.

Google recently spilled the beans on a number of unannounced smartphones thanks to an update it pushed out to its list of devices that support ARCore.

First spotted by 9to5Google, the updated support document for Google’s augmented reality platform included references to unreleased phones from eight Android OEMs. The complete update added 23 Android devices to the list, most of which have already been released. However, there were some new additions that are yet to see the light of day.

The unannounced and unreleased phones in Google’s ARCore support list included the following names:

  • ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip
  • LG Stylo 7
  • Motorola Moto G100
  • OPPO Reno 5A
  • OPPO Reno 5 Pro Plus 5G Bosch
  • realme 8 Pro
  • Samsung A52 4G
  • Samsung A72 4G
  • Samsung A82 5G
  • TCL 20 Pro 5G
  • ZTE Z6650S

Some phones stand out more than others in this list. For instance, the Zenfone 8 Flip, which hasn’t been announced or even officially teased yet. The smartphone could be ASUS’ next flagship phone with the Snapdragon 888 processor. Of course, its name also suggests that it would likely house a similar flippy camera as the Zenfone 7 series.

There was also a reference to the Moto G100. The phone is believed to be the global model of the Motorola Edge S with the Snapdragon 870 processor.

The realme 8 Pro also made an appearance on the list. The company plans to launch the phone on March 24 to take on devices in the Redmi Note 10 series.

The OPPO Reno 5 Pro Plus 5G Bosch could be a special variant of the existing OPPO Reno 5 Pro Plus 5G.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and A72 phones have already leaked extensively. We’ll likely see them release later this week at the company’s Unpacked launch event. The Galaxy A82 5G is expected to be Samsung’s second phone with a QRNG chip like the Galaxy A Quantum.

As expected, once the updated list was discovered, Google promptly removed all 23 newly added Android devices from it. The company probably jumped the gun and will update the list again once these phones are announced or released.

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