Folding devices, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, Huawei Mate X2 and Moto Razr 5G promise great for the future.
Now, with the launch of the Google Pixel in 2022, there are rumors that Google may be preparing for its entry into this emerging market – although some reports suggest that the foldable phone has been eliminated instead.
We summarize all the news and speculation about Google’s first foldable device
When Will Pixel Fold Be Released?
There is no exact information about the release date yet, as Google has not even confirmed the release of the foldable device.
In 2020, 9to5Google reported seeing leaked internal documents from Google claiming that a foldable device will appear in the fourth quarter of 2021; This prediction was repeated by Ross Young, Jon Prosser, and Korea’s The Elec. This clearly did not happen and the presentation of the Pixel 6 series came and went without any twists.
9to5Google later found a code referring to the phrase “Pixel 2022 Foldable”, which confirms that the Pixel Fold Un launches at least this year.
The phone is expected to be unveiled in the spring of 2022, possibly on May 11-12 at Google’s I / O design conference. Recent rumors point to an ad for the Pixel Watch that month – or more precisely, May 26 – perhaps pointing to an ad next to the mid-range Pixel 6a, so that month looks like the best time to advertise.
Still, not everyone thinks we will see it soon. Ross Young, a screen industry analyst, said the foldable panel “will begin production at 3Q’22 and go on sale in the 4’22 quarter,” adding that “it’s probably October.” This means a release with the flagship Pixel 7 instead of the 6a.
According to a separate report from 9to5Google, the phone may be available in US stores before other markets due to problems with the availability of components. The site says it has heard that the phone will go on sale internationally by the end of 2022, raising expectations that it will go on sale in October.
Is Pixel Fold Canceled?
There were some speculations that the pixel fold was abolished.
“Google has decided not to launch the Fold,” said Ross Young, an expert in the display industry.
Young said Google was concerned that “the product will not be as competitive as it should be” because it will primarily face Samsung in a small market that faces higher costs than its main competitors.
Although this seems impossible. Young has since announced the return of the Pixel Fold, and although the company has canceled part orders, Young may be in a bit of a hurry to announce that the phone has been canceled altogether.
What Will The Foldable Pixel Be Called?
Frankly, we have no idea – but most people online are starting to call it the Pixel Fold.
9to5Google says it will be called the Pixel Notepad instead, but admits it’s just a “working brand name,” so it may still change.
The only thing we know from Google is the phone’s internal code names: Passport and Pipit
Passport was discovered in various bits of Android code, including the first public beta of Android 12, as revealed by 9to5Google. The phone is believed to be associated with the Japanese version of the GPQ72 appeared with the model number.
It should be noted that this is not conclusive evidence that the Pixel Fold will be released. The same list includes the model number for “Pinfish”, the 2019 Pixel code name, which is believed to be linked to the never-before-seen 5G Pixel 4 model. Since the Needlefish was never released, the Passport model number shown here doesn’t prove anything – but it does prove that Google is working on a phone that can at least be folded.
Recently, “Pipit” appeared in the Camera software code, Geekbench list, and parts of the Android 12L beta, and 9to5Google believes that this is the new code name for the same foldable Pixel phone.
What about the Second Pixel Fold?
Before we go too far, it’s worth touching on the rumors about the second Pixel Foldable. Originally announced by 9to5Google, the phone is known only as “Jumbojack”, now codenamed as Android 12.1, a mid-range software update designed to add more significant foldable phone support to Android 12.
The phone has two screens, one of which cannot be used when the device is folded (which makes sense) and when closed. We don’t know if it’s an actual device designed for general availability, or just a device used by Google to test Android 12.1, but the code suggests the first to mark it as a Pixel device.
As for the name, 9to5Google notes that this is probably a reference to a cheeseburger from the Jack in the Box chain. The site even suggests that this could be a hint of the “hamburger” folding format of phones like the Z Flip 3, rather than the “hot dog” style of the Z Fold 3, but it could be a little more.
How much will the Google Pixel Foldable cost?
This is another area that we do not know much about. There is no past record to continue, and the price for this class of device is still somewhat unclear. One thing is for sure, it will not be cheap.
9to5Google’s reports released a price tag along with a rumored name and release strategy, and the site said Google had a “target price” of $ 1,400 for the Pixel Notepad in the United States.
If true, this would be impressive, as it would make the phone’s main competitor, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, $ 400 cheaper. This will no doubt be enough to stop Samsung from thinking, and it could force the Korean technology giant to lower prices for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4.
In any case, any folding device that Google will launch in 2022 will probably start at more than a thousand dollars, so you can start using an old piggy bank in preparation.
What Features Will Google Pixel Foldable Have?
Obviously, the main addition to the Pixel feature set will be a kind of folding screen. This seems to be a book-style approach adopted by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Huawei Mate X2, rather than the vertical cover orientation used by the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Motorola Razr 5G.
Proper installation of the screen will be very important, because we have already seen how difficult it is to prevent wrinkles in places where the screen is folded or the panels are completely out of order, as in the original Samsung Galaxy Z Fold.
Elec says Samsung is selling folding screens to Google, along with Xiaomi and Oppo, for the new devices. According to the report, Google has received a foldable 7.6-inch OLED, the same size as used in Fold 2 and Fold 3.
In the next report, Elec stands behind this estimate and adds that the screen will use an ultra-thin glass (UTG) coating. This is the technology that Samsung has used in all foldable products since the initial Z Fold, and it’s no surprise to see UTG included as Samsung introduces the screen here.
Android 12L beta 2 even includes animations that reveal the rough shape used by Google
Two animations detected by 9to5Google show how to insert a SIM card into the device (the latter indicates that the phone is turned off). We can see that this is a large book-style folding, but interestingly, the aspect ratio is closer to the square shape of the Oppo Find N than any of Samsung’s Z-Fold designs, which can help differentiate Google’s folding design. appears. when western markets enter the market.
There are several different ways Google can choose from the features left over from the first folding release. In terms of chipsets, the company will re-use the home-made Tensor chip, which debuted in the Pixel 6 series, instead of returning to the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip – it seems safe to assume that Google will stick to as much silicone as possible. after this.
This was supported by a Geekbench 4 list for a phone called “Google Pipit” – note that this is one of the expected code names for Pipit Fold.
The list does not name the Tensor chip, but it does list an eight-core ARM chip with a base speed of 1.8 GHz and a peak speed of 2.8 GHz. The sensor is an eight-core ARM chip with four efficiency cores at 1.8 GHz and two fastest chips at 2.8 GHz, so it is a perfect match. It is here with 12 GB of RAM and, as you might expect, works with Android 12.
Thanks to the 9to5Google report, which reveals the Pipit code name mentioned above, we think we know a little more about the phone’s camera features. The site found code that identified four camera sensors believed to be used in the folding camera: a 12.2Mp IMX363, a 12Mp IMX386, and two 8Mp IMX335 sensors. The last two are labeled “internal” and “external”, which makes you think that they are for several selfie shooters.
In context, this actually looks like a return to the camera features used before the last Pixel 6 upgrade. The IMX363 is the same sensor used for the main camera on the Pixel 3, 4 and 5, while the IMX335 is the same sensor used for selfie cameras at up to 6 pixels, although not on the 6 Pro. The IMX386 is also available on the Pixel 6, which is used to amplify ultra-wide angles.
Compared to the 6 and 6 Pro, lowering the camera can be frustrating for some – at least in terms of the main sensor – but it makes sense. Improved features on these phones required the infamous camera panel, but such an excellent solution would not work on a folding phone that could be thick enough when folded. Also, Pixel cameras have never been dumb – so in fact, the return to the Pixel 5 will still be strong enough, especially if it is equipped with a new Tensor chip.
Another possibility is that Google is tracking Samsung’s foldable under-camera plans. LetsGoDigital has found a Google patent for a new technology that uses a portable mirror that points to the camera lens or second screen under the screen. So, when you need a camera, the light is reflected on the lens, and when you do not need it, the camera light is reflected from the auxiliary screen to fill the gap.
There is no good reason to believe that both patents are for the upcoming foldable model and can only be applied to the Pixel 7 series or later phones, but there is hope that at least one flagship can be folded.
The phone will also benefit from software improvements, including Android 12L, a new version of Android that will increase support for large-screen devices such as tablets and foldable devices.
The preview of the developer Android 12L gives us an idea of what to expect from the Pixel Fold software. Google has demonstrated advanced split screen support for all Android apps, two-column notification shadows and control center layouts, and a desktop-type taskbar – all of which we can expect to see on the Pixel Fold’s big screen.
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