ARCore updates generally just bring support to a set of both old and new Android devices, but every once in a while we’re treated to something pretty unexpected. In the latest version, new profiles can be found for one, or maybe even two currently unreleased Google devices. The first of these devices bares the Bonito name, originally expected to be a mid-range Pixel phone. There’s also a brand new fish-themed codename that may represent an entirely new device: Sargo.
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Like previous ARCore updates, device support is managed with a set of unique device profiles. The first release of v1.5 came out back in September and added 20 new profiles; but since then there have been minor updates that slipped in a new model here or there. Between that update and now, there have been 8 additions, but only 6 can be linked directly to known devices:
- Mate 20 X [HWEVR]
- Honor 8X [HWJSN-H]
- Honor Magic 2 [HWTNY]
- OnePlus 6T [OnePlus6TSingle]
* The going theory is this is T-Mobile’s model since it has only one SIM slot.
- OnePlus 6T [OnePlus6TSingle]
Bonito and Sargo
The two devices that can’t be linked to known hardware have the codenames Bonito and Sargo. The Bonito name was originally spotted in the Google Lens app and leaked by Roland Quandt. Expected to contain a Snapdragon 710, the device fits well into the mid-range category that befits the Bonito name.
Many questioned if Bonito had been cancelled once it was clear that only Crosshatch and Blueline (3 and 3 XL) be announced at Google’s October event; but with the name now appearing in ARCore, it looks more likely that it was simply intended for launch at a later time. Quandt’s tweet didn’t explicitly give a release window for this device, but it did reference a Nokia-branded phone with the same SoC that was slated for the end of 2018. Perhaps this could suggest something is planned for early 2019.
The Sargo codename also follows Google’s fish-based naming convention. To be clear, there’s no immediately corroborating evidence that this is a Google-branded phone — it simply matches a known fish name, can’t be linked to a known codename for another phone, and was added at the same time as another Google device — so yes, this is speculation.
I’m reluctant to base many assumptions on the namesake fish, but if any detail stands out from the Wikipedia entry, it would have to be that this species is relatively small at just 22 centimeters (8.6 inches). This could frame Bonito as the first mid-range Pixel phone while Sargo takes a position as the smaller of the two, much like the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Of course, it could turn out to be even more budget-oriented, possibly even running as an Android One or Android Go phone. But again, this is purely speculative, so we should consider the possibility that it’s not even a phone.
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