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- A mysterious phone – possibly a 2022 Google Pixel – has been discovered in official Google code.
- The phone seems to fall into a similar category to the Pixel 7 Pro.
- Could this be a new device even more premium than the Pixel Pro series?
In 2021, Google launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The Pro model was the most premium smartphone we’ve ever seen from Google at the time. So far, rumors suggest the Pixel 7 Pro could be more of the same, but with a few extra tweaks.
However, some code sleuthing through 9to5Google leads us to believe that there could be something else on the horizon. There could even be a 2022 Google Pixel that’s even more premium than the Pixel 7 Pro.
Also see: All Google Pixel phones released so far
9to5Google bases this theory on a code seen in the publicly 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 the code names “panther” and “cheetah” that coincide with the letters in their model numbers.
Meanwhile, “felix” probably refers to the anticipated Google Pixel 7a, which should not be launched until 2023. We suspect “lynx” is the so-called Pixel Notepad, which would be Google’s first foldable phone (if it ever launches).
Finally G10 remains. We have no idea what this is, but we have some tips.
Mysterious 2022 Google Pixel phone, maybe
Until now, there has never been a Google Pixel device with a “G” in its code name. This strongly suggests that the G10 device referenced in the AOSP code is part of an entirely new line.
Connected to the G10 device, you will find references to Exynos processors. This suggests that the device will (obviously) run Android and will come with some form of Google Tensor.
Also see: What is Google’s Tensor chip?
Finally, the G10 device has display specifications that exactly match those of the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Since the Pixel 7 Pro could reportedly have the same screen, this would suggest a similar high-end device to 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 they’ve been looking for for years? Obviously, Google didn’t show 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 be hearing more about this in the coming weeks and months.