Here’s one that came out of the blue: A new rumor claims Google could make a surprise announcement at its October 4 event, where it’s already expected to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, with a third smartphone called the “Ultra Pixel.”
YouTuber Arin Maini, known as Mrwhosetheboss on YouTube, posted a video on Thursday showing a “leaked” slide that allegedly comes from a Google presentation. The slide shows the words “Ultra Pixel. Phone by Google,” as well as an image of a smartphone.
Maini says the Google “Ultra Pixel” will come with a dual-camera system and a “new kind” of fingerprint scanner. It’s not clear what tech this new fingerprint scanner could involve, but Maini suggests it could be embedded underneath the display.
There was also a slide showing three different devices, which could very well be the new Pixel 2 smartphones and the Ultra. The slide seems to showcase a new feature coming to the Pixel launcher, Google’s own layer of software that runs on top of Android, which is likely to come included with the new Pixel smartphones.
According to Maini’s source, the Ultra Pixel will do away with Android’s signature navigation buttons, which include the back, home, and multitasking buttons. Instead, it’ll use “fluid” gestures to navigate around the Android operating system, which is a similar concept that Apple introduced with its iPhone X where Apple ditched the home button.
Maini’s video is the only instance we’ve heard word of an “Ultra Pixel,” which makes us somewhat skeptical, especially considering that so many Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leaks and rumored details have emerged over the last few months. It’s entirely likely that Google simply did a better job of keeping this new ultra-premium device under wraps than it did with its upcoming Pixels, but it’s important to take all of this information with a big grain of salt. Android Police didn’t debunk the rumor necessarily, but it believes there’s a strong likelihood this leaked “Google presentation” is a fabrication.
Either way, we’ll have to see for ourselves when Google announces its new smartphones on October 4.
Check out the video for yourself: