Right now, there are only a few companies that really make foldable phones, and Samsung dominates the market with handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. But it could face some serious competition soon, as it looks like Google has a foldable phone on the market. . way.
We don’t know what this device will be called yet, so for now we’ll just call it the Google Pixel Fold (as it will likely feature Pixel branding in line with the company’s other phones).
However, we’ve heard some details about the possible design, screen and specs, all of which you’ll find below. We’ve also included information about a possible release date, which some rumor has it could be late 2021, as well as speculation about the price.
As soon as we hear anything else about the Google Pixel Fold, we’ll add it to this article, so check back often if you want to stay up to date.
Another rumor suggests the Pixel Fold could be out later this year, but given how little we’ve heard, will it really be out by the end of 2021?
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Google’s first foldable phone
- When is it out? Possibly before the end of the year
- How much is it? Unknown, but probably a lot
Google Pixel foldable phone release date and price
Rumors currently suggest that the Pixel Fold will land in late 2021 or early 2022. At least that’s what Jon Prosser (a leaker with a solid track record) has claimed, and he’s not alone, with display analyst Ross Young also claiming a Google foldable phone will be out in the second half of 2021. .
In addition, a report claims that Google (among other companies) has purchased foldable phone screens from Samsung Display, and it goes on to say that smartphones using these screens will be launched this year. The same site has said the same more recently, and another leak regarding phones with Samsung Display screens listed the Pixel Fold as being launched in Q4 2021 — the same window it gave for the Pixel 6.
Finally, the mention of the ‘Passport’ codename and GPQ72 model number has been noted in the Android 12 beta code and is believed to be associated with the Pixel Fold. Their presence in the code suggests not only that the phone exists, but that it could be arriving too long.
However, if a Pixel foldable phone launches in 2021, our best guess for the timing will be alongside the Google Pixel 6, which itself is likely to land by the end of the year, probably in October.
Given how little we’ve heard about Google’s foldable phone, a launch towards the end of the year (or later) would also make more sense than an imminent launch.
What it costs, there is no news, but foldable devices are always expensive. That said, the Google Pixel 5 is cheaper than most flagship phones. That’s partly because Google chose not to put an advanced chipset in it, but it may take a similar approach with the foldable Pixel. Even though we would at least expect a very high three-digit or low four-digit price.
Design and display
The key information about the foldable Google Pixel phone comes from a report claiming that Google has ordered foldable OLED panels of about 7.6 inches from Samsung Display – a claim we’ve heard several times now.
That’s the same size as the main screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and big enough that the foldable Pixel could have the same form factor as the Galaxy One – that is, a typical phone-sized screen when closed, but opens like a book to reveal a more tablet sized display. That said, we can’t rule out the possibility that it has a clamshell design like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
In addition to this leak, we’ve also seen a Google patent that shows a screen that opens up to a tablet size, but can then be stretched a little further, like the roll-up phone concepts we’ve seen. However, this looks ambitious for Google’s first foldable phone, so we’re not convinced it will have this design.
Obviously mobile has also seen two additional Google Pixel patents for foldable phones, one of which has a fairly conventional clamshell design, while the other has two hinges, allowing it to form a Z shape as it unfolds, and from smartphone size to full tablet size. goes.
So Google seems to be experimenting with many different folding designs, but it remains unclear which of these will be used.
Specifications and Features
Code spotted in an Android 12 beta suggests that the Google Pixel Fold will have the same modem as the Pixel 6 series. That suggests – but by no means guarantees – that it will also have the same chipset, which is confirmed in the case of the Pixel 6 as the new Google Tensor.
Since this chipset appears to be designed to get the most out of the new cameras in the Pixel 6 range, that could also mean the same cameras will be used as well, but we’re not at all sure. If it has those cameras, you can expect a two-lens or three-lens setup, with main, ultra-wide and possibly telephoto (4x optical zoom) snappers.
Beyond that, we don’t know anything about the specs of the Google Pixel’s foldable phone, but we can speculate a bit. For starters, it will probably run Android 12, but it will definitely run whatever the latest Android version is at the time of launch.
Judging by the standard Pixel range, it’ll probably have decent cameras too, but maybe fewer lenses than competing phones. We also expect the foldable version from the company to support 5G.