A few manufacturers have been trying to popularize folding smartphones for more than two years. And today, sales are finally taking off. Samsung, which dominates the market, saw its sales quadruple in 2022. And moreover, more and more brands are getting started.
Among these competitors of Samsung in the folding smartphone market, there could soon be Google. Since 2000, the Mountain View firm has been studying the foldable screen technology and moreover, last year there were rumors that the company might launch a folding smartphone alongside the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
In the end, this smartphone, whose name would be Pixel Fold, did not appear. Nevertheless, Google would not have given up. Recently, new rumors evoke a release of the Pixel Fold in 20932 .
And if at the moment Google has not confirmed this, a leak already gives us an idea of what the smartphone could look like. Digging into the beta version of Android 12L, an update which must adapt the OS to XXL screens, tablets and folding smartphones, the 9to5Google site indicates that it has discovered new information.
Google’s Tensor-powered Pixel foldable may look more like the Oppo Find N than the Galaxy Fold
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A different orientation and a more compact format?
More exactly, the site found an animation featuring a folding smartphone, to explain how to insert a SIM card. And if 9to5Google thinks this animation represents the future Pixel Fold, it’s because it also discovered references to “Pipit” in the associated code. However, “Pipit” is the code name that Google would have given to its future folding smartphone, according to many sources.
The animation gives us an idea of the locations of the buttons on the future smartphone, and also gives us an idea of the shape. At first glance, we will be entitled to a smartphone/tablet hybrid type smartphone like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Samsung.
However, according to 9to5Google, the image suggests that the Pixel Fold will be closer to the Oppo Find N than Samsung’s latest folding smartphone. The difference ? On the Galaxy Z Fold 3, when you open the folding smartphone, you have a screen in portrait format. It is therefore still necessary to make a rotation to have the landscape orientation.
But on the Oppo Find N, and probably also on the future Pixel Fold from Google, we have a landscape orientation directly when we open the smartphone. This allows, a priori, to have a better ease.
“With a ratio height/ 8.4:9 wide, the inner screen folds out directly into landscape mode so users can watch videos, play games, or read books without the extra step of rotating the device”, explained Oppo.
Recently, Presse-Citron had the opportunity to test the Oppo smartphone, which has only been released in China yet. And we appreciated the more compact format of this folding smartphone.
The foldable screen of the Oppo Find N. © Lemon squeezer
Another smartphone with a Google Tensor chip?
In its article, 9to5Google also recalls that previously, the site had already published information on the future folding smartphone from Google. Normally, like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel Fold should use the Tensor chip from the Mountain View company. On the other hand, with regard to the hardware of the photo sensors, the folding smartphone would have more modest characteristics.
But of course, for the moment, all this information is still to be considered with caution in the meantime an official announcement from Google. In any case, this one has good reasons to finally launch itself on the market of folding smartphones.