Google ‘Ultra Pixel’ tipped as an iPhone X competitor, but it’s probably not real


Anyone traversing the usual stomping grounds of Android faithful will see some “news” about a supposed “Ultra Pixel” by Google. The information comes from alleged product slides which have been published as a leak in a YouTube video.

But we’d urge you to curb your enthusiasm for something that sounds as cool as the “Ultra Pixel.” There’s no substantial evidence that any such phone exists, and the slide in the video used a lowercase “p,” which means even if it is a legit presentation — and we’re doubtful it is — that line may not pertain to the name of a specific phone, but instead could be some sort of marketing tagline. Even that is sketchy because what else is HTC going to call their camera?

Other things about the slide that make us take pause is mention of dual rear cameras, something we know none of the leaked Pixel phones to date have, even that supposed third one that has since been shelved. There’s also the suggestion that Google is going with a button-less design ala iPhone X in favor of gestures, something I’d be a pretty big fan of personally. But again, we’re not getting our hopes up here.

That’s not to say Mr. Arun Maini — the YouTuber who was sent these images by an unknown party who may or may not be privy to Google’s plans — is being intentionally dubious, but it’s totally possible naivety or the sheer excitement of having a juicy leak could have gotten the best of him here. Of course, there’s also that 0.01% chance that this is the real deal, and we’ll happily eat crow on that come October 4th when these announcements are made.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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