Google is working on the successor of its last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The upcoming smartphones, which are expected to be called Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, could launch this fall.
Now, a new report claims that Google has started working on a smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s recently launched Snapdragon 710 SoC, and the phone will be launched in the first half of 2019.
Interestingly, the Snapdragon 710 processor is aimed at the mid-range segment and not the flagship market. This could mean that Google could make a comeback in the mid-range market, which it ditched after launching Pixel series of smartphones.
Not much is known about the mid-range Pixel smartphone yet since development has just started. In fact, there’s no guarantee the Google will eventually launch this particular device next year.
Google will launch two Pixel 3 smartphones later this fall, both being consistent upgrades over the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL models. The phones are said to be manufactured by Foxconn, but LG Display will provide the display panels.
Recently, it was reported that the Pixel 3 XL will come with an edge-to-edge design and will feature a notched display while the smaller variant won’t have edge-to-edge design nor the notched display.
Recently, Xiaomi launched Mi 8 SE at an event in China, making it the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 710 is designed with highly efficient architectures for artificial intelligence, featuring a multi-core AI Engine and neural network processing capabilities. It is the first mobile platform in the new 700-tier portfolio, designed to exceed what is expected from today’s high-tier mobile experiences by bringing select premium-tier features to a broader audience.