design, screen, price… everything we know (already) about the Google-style folding bag

The Google Pixel Notepad, also sometimes called Google Pixel Fold, is becoming more and more precise. While we still have to be careful with Google, which has a tendency to cancel its plans at the last minute, the folding phone is starting to look like an Oppo Find N, cheaper than the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and with a release date in 2023.

3D rendering of the Google Pixel Fold // Source: Mac Rumors

Google has a knack for dragging out years of rumors around new products. After the Pixel Watch from Arles, the Mountain View company should soon end one of its favorite soap operas, the Google Pixel Fold, or rather the Pixel Notepad, as its first folding smartphone should be called. Let’s take a look at the serious rumors about him together.

Design, towards a square format

The Google Pixel Fold should normally favor a square format, somewhat in the same style as the Oppo Find N, which seems to have been adored by all the editorial staff on the planet, despite the absence of a worldwide release.

In any case, this is what was able to unearth 9to5Google digging into Android 12L Beta 2. The specialized media was able to see an animation featuring a smartphone with a beautiful Google logo. Let us add that a ceramic shell would be under study at Google.

Animation of the Google Pixel Fold on Android 12L
Animation of the Google Pixel Fold on Android 12L // Source: 9to5Google

Digital Chat Station, the famous leaker officiating on Weibo, understands that the Pixel Notepad would integrate a photo block similar to that of the Pixel 7. He adds that the internal screen would be “relatively small” and that it would not have a punch. Indeed, Google would have chosen to install the selfie camera on the edge of the phone in order to keep the screen immaculate.

The Pixel interface, but bent

The Developer Preview 1 of Android 13 provided a taste of the folding Pixel Launcher. Spotted by 9to5Google, the novelty would be to offer two different layouts for the home screen, one folded and the other unfolded. We note in particular the presence of an unfolded taskbar.

Pixel Launcher modified home screen layout
Source: 9to5Google

Let’s be right, it could just as well be an effort by Google to better integrate foldable screens into Android’s base, specifically with a view to Android 12L, its specialized version for large screens.

Still on the interface side, traces of the Google Pixel Notepad were seen in version 8.6 of the Google Camera application. We discover a feature called Jupiter.

The diagram of the Jupiter function in Google Camera
The diagram of the Jupiter function in Google Camera // Source: 9to5Google

We do not yet know if this feature will trickle down to other manufacturers. Its concrete usefulness is also still unclear at this stage. But its appearance in July 2022 in a Google application suggests that the American giant’s folding phone is indeed on the agenda.

Photo and power, the blur is total

Unfortunately, the vagueness remains on many technical details. We do not know, for example, what the photo configuration of the Pixel Notepad would be, an eminently important point at a time when Samsung is starting to beef up its game on the Fold 4 for example.

For the chip, if a Google Tensor is obviously expected, the question of the chosen version remains completely open. It could be the Tensor 2 expected for the Pixel 7, but also why not a new dedicated chip.

Google Tensor

Last question mark, the screens, even if we begin to glimpse the ratios, are still plunged into darkness. Definition, refreshment, luminosity, folding… everything remains to be announced on this subject. What we would expect from Google is, of course, 120 Hz indoors and outdoors. And considering the price of the phone, a QHD screen inside would of course be good news.

Google Pixel Notepad price and availability

Google is reportedly taking a swipe at the Pixel Notepad’s price, as it’s expected to be around $500 below the suggested retail price of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the US. That’s what advances 9to5Google (again them) by claiming that the Pixel Notepad would come out at 1400 dollars.

The site specializing in the Mountain View firm also suggests that Google would like to present its folding phone before the end of 2022. Unfortunately, its notable absence from the Google I / O contradicts this statement a little. This is what advances The Electricwhich a source assures him that the Pixel Fold will be pushed back to the beginning of 2023.


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