While we expect to be dealing with leaks about the Galaxy Note 9 at this time of year, today we have a report that says Google is developing a mid-range smartphone based on Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 710 platform which promises premium features at an affordable price.
HMD/Nokia Mobile is working on a Snapdragon 710 based device to be released in the autumn/winter 2018 timeframe. Codename is "Phoenix". Oh and btw, the Google SDM710 based device apparently is called "Bonito".
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 4, 2018
According to Roland Quandt, Google’s new mid-range handset has the suitably fishy codename of “Bonito.” Wikipedia says this about the Bonito fish:
“Bonitos are a tribe of medium-sized, ray-finned predatory fish in the family Scombridae – a family it shares with the mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel tribes, and also the butterfly kingfish.”
It’s thought that the Snapdragon 710 based device will launch in the first half of 2019, possibly during Google I/O 2019. For the moment at least, it isn’t known whether this mid-range device will launch under the Pixel branding or something else entirely. Could this be the triumphant return of the Nexus brand with affordable pricing and mid-range specifications? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we can look forward to a flood of handsets running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 platform, including a device from Nokia with the codename “Phoenix” that is expected to launch later this year.
With the Pixel handsets fetching premium prices, hopefully, this mid-range “Bonito” device running the Snapdragon 710 processor will be more affordable to bring the original Nexus fans back into the fold.
Source: Roland Quandt (Twitter)