The quality of foldable devices has increased over the last year or so, and the market will become more competitive in 2022 when Samsung and Motorola release new iterations of their foldable smartphones.
The Google Pixel Fold might signal the company’s intention to enter this rapidly expanding sector this year. However, there have been rumours that development of the foldable phone has been delayed, if not halted altogether.
This article compiles the latest reports and speculation around Google’s rumoured foldable smartphone.
When will Google release the Pixel Fold?
The company has not announced a foldable smartphone, thus there is no estimated release date.
9to5 Google claims it has seen leaked internal documents predicting a foldable tablet in 2021. Ross Young, Jon Prosser, and the Korean site The Elec all made the same prediction. But that didn’t happen, and the Pixel 6 series launch came and went without a foldable phone.
9to5 A further Google search turned up the string “isPixel2022Foldable,” which appeared to corroborate the introduction of the Pixel Fold this year. People were hoping for its debut during Google’s I/O developer conference in May, but that did not occur. After thereafter, rumours spread through 9to5Google and display industry expert Ross Young that the Pixel 7 flagship phone and its accompanying refresh will be released in October.
But there are certain causes for concern. Now, Young agrees with the Korean blog The Elec and the leaked Jon Prosser that the release of the foldable has been delayed until spring of 2023. This suggests that it may debut with the Pixel 7a at next year’s I/O. Leaker Digital Chat Station assured customers in August 2022 that their phone was still in the works and that Foxconn was responsible for its assembly.
Is there no Pixel Fold?
Some people thought that Google had stopped making the Pixel foldable.
Sources in the display supply chain told Ross Young last year that Google had cancelled its orders for components for the foldable, leading Young to conclude that “Google has opted not to bring the Pixel Fold to market.”
According to Young, Google was concerned that “the device wouldn’t be as competitive as it needed to be” since its major opponent, Samsung, would be operating in a smaller, more expensive market segment.
However, this seems quite unlikely. Following this, Young said that work on the Pixel Fold had resumed. It seems that certain orders for components were cancelled, but it’s possible that Young was too hasty in concluding that the whole phone was discarded.
What do you call the pixel that folds?
Simply stated, we have no idea, yet dubb the Pixel Fold by the majority of internet users.
9to5Google claims that the official name will be “Pixel Notepad.” That being said, this is merely a “working brand name,” so it’s subject to change.
Google has only revealed the phone’s internal codenames to us, Passport and Pipit.
9to5 Google uncovered several occurrences of the word “passport” all across the Android source, including in the Android 12 public beta. By include the GPQ72 model number, we may infer that this is the Japanese version of the phone.
The time of the Pixel Fold’s release is still uncertain. The same document also revealed the model number for the mysterious “Needlefish” Pixel, widely believed to be a 5G variant of the Pixel 4. This Passport model number is another proof that Google is really developing a foldable smartphone, even though the Needlefish codename was never made public.
There have been recent sightings of the name “Pipit” in several places, including the source code for the Camera app, a Geekbench listing, and the Android 12L beta. The same foldable Pixel phone with a different name. 9to5 That’s what Google thinks, at least.
What’s the deal with the second Pixel Fold?
Before we go any further, it’s important to talk about the rumours of a second Pixel Foldable. First report by 9to5Google, this phone is only known by its codename, “Jumbojack.” This name was found in the code for Android 12.1, which is now called Android 12L. This is the mid-cycle software update that is meant to add more foldable phone support to Android 12.
It’s unclear if this is a consumer-ready product or only a prototype for Android 12.1 beta testing at Google. The fact that the code refers to it as a “pixel” device, however, shows that it is in reality a hardware component.
According to 9to5Google, the name was most likely inspired by a cheeseburger sold by the fast food restaurant business Jack in the Box. Although it’s a stretch, the site argues that this might be a reference to the “hamburger” folding design of phones like the Z Flip 4, as opposed to the “hot dog” form of the Z Fold 4.
What will the price be for the Google Pixel Foldable?
Once again, our understanding of this topic is limited. Because of the lack of precedence, it is currently unclear what this kind of equipment might cost. The one thing that can be said with near certainty is that it won’t be cheap.
Besides the rumoured title and release date, 9to5Google also discovered a price in their research. Google’s “target pricing” for the Pixel Notepad in the United States is listed at $1,400.
This would place it $400 behind the Galaxy Z Fold 4, its main rival. And it could just convince Samsung to lower the price of the Z-Fold 5 early next year.
You should probably start saving up now if you want to buy a foldable Google smartphone in 2022, since the base price will probably be above $1,000.
What are the tech specs for the Google Pixel Foldable?
Designs and displays
The Pixel’s most notable upgrade will undoubtedly be a foldable display. While the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Motorola Razr 2022 look more like traditional smartphones, the Huawei Mate X2 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 seem to construct more like books.
Since the first Samsung Galaxy Z Fold shown how difficult it is to prevent the screen from creasing when it folds or the panels from simply shattering, getting the display correctly will be extremely critical.
According to The Elec, Samsung is offering its folding screen technology for sale on the latest smartphones from Google, Xiaomi, and Oppo. Rumor has said that Google purchased a foldable OLED of the same 7.6-inch size as the one used in the Fold 4.
Screen material revealed to be ultra-thin glass, according to follow-up piece in The Elec (UTG). It’s hardly shocking that Samsung’s foldables use UTG as the company manufactures its own displays.
While Ross Young, an industry specialist, inform us of one thing, our knowledge of the exterior display is limited. In comparison to the 6.2-inch screen on the Z Fold 4, Google’s folding phone will feature a cover screen that’s just 5.8 inches. This implies that the cover display will be smaller in height and width than Samsung’s modest screen.
The second beta release of Android 12L includes animations said to demonstrate the operating system’s basic outline as used by Google.
Two animated guides on SIM card insertion were located through Google (the second shows the phone in its closed form). The aspect ratio is similar to the Oppo Find N, rather than Samsung’s Z-Fold designs. This may make it easier for the Google foldable to get attention in the West.
As for the remainder of the hardware in Google’s first foldable, the company has options. In place of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, many people assumed Google would use the same Tensor chip used in the Pixel 6 series. You can count on Google to keep using its own silicon.
The existence of a Google Pipit smartphone was verified via a listing on Geekbench 4. For example, “Pipit” may be a codename for the Fold. In its place, the listing just mentions an ARM processor with eight cores, 1.8GHz base speed, and 2.8GHz peak speed; this is likely the Tensor chip. There are eight processing threads in the Tensor’s ARM microprocessor. The two fastest cores can reach speeds of 2.8 GHz, while the other four are efficient at 1.8 GHz.
The only remaining uncertainty is whether the Pixel Fold will debut alongside or subsequent to the Pixel 7 lineup. For the Pixel 7, Google may have included a newer, improved version of their Tensor chip. Samsung has the capability to mass build Google’s 4nm CPU, therefore it is doubtful that it would release its foldable with dated components.
9to5 According to Google’s account, the Pipit codename refers to the phone’s camera hardware. According to the website’s source code, the foldable has four camera sensors: a 12.2Mp IMX363, a 12Mp IMX386, and two 8Mp IMX335. The latter two seem to be for a set of selfie cameras since they have both “inner” and “outer” tags.
This is a return to camera specs before the Pixel 6 upgrade. Pixel 3, 4, and 5 share the same IMX363 camera sensor. The Pixel 6’s front-facing camera uses the IMX335 sensor, but not the 6 Pro.
A developer named Kuba Wojciechowski also dove through the code and found the same group of camera sensors and a Samsung GN1. The primary sensor of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 is a Samsung GN1.
Ultimately, this results in a camera setup that’s quite similar to the Pixel 6, without the telephoto lens.
In the opinion of the source at Digital Chat Station, Google will not install a camera underneath the display of the Fold. Both an outside micro-hole camera and a conventional punch-hole selfie camera are include in the display. This would eliminate the need for cameras to cut into the main feed or lower picture quality. Any camera tiny enough to fit within the frame is probably not going to be very good.