We recently heard tell about Google making a mid-range Pixel, and now a Chinese blog called Qooah is here to drop some more details. Apparently, the company’s recently-acquired HTC team is the one working on the handset.
Not only that, but Google has supposedly granted the series the codename ‘Desire.’ This will sound familiar to any HTC fan, as that’s the name of the brand’s affordable series of phones. To recall, the search giant had allegedly paid $1.1 billion to obtain the Taiwanese company’s Pixel team back in September last year.
It looks like that transaction is paying off in the form of a middle-of-the-road Pixel lineup. The smartphones are rumored to be running on Snapdragon 600 or 700 series processors, as opposed to the high-end Pixel lineup’s Snapdragon 800 series chips.
Another major difference may arise with the adoption of LCD screens rather than OLED ones on the new devices. There’s even some talk that the handsets are going to adopt Google’s Android Go software instead of standard stock Android. The former is meant for handsets which feature specs like 1GB of RAM.
This throws a bit of a wrench into the narrative since Android Go is associated with entry-level devices and not mid-range ones. In any case, the lineup should run on a pure version of Android, whether it’s a lite version or a full-fledged one.
This new Pixel smartphone is supposed to hit India first at some point in July or August before moving on to other markets.