Rumors are claiming that we might see Google’s first foldable device – currently dubbed as Pixel Fold – sooner than expected or even after the few months of the Pixel 6 series release. At least that’s what the Android 12 beta code has to say, which is suggesting that Pixel Fold might come up with the same in-house Tensor chip and camera used in the Pixel 6 series.
As reported by PhoneArena, a leaker cstark27 has sawed the reference of five different Google devices in Android 12 beta code codenamed: Oriole, Raven, Passport, and Slider, with the fifth name was unknown. The first two appear to be codenames for the Pixel 6 (Oriole) and Pixel 6 Pro (Raven), Passport could be the codename for the Google Pixel Fold (Pixel 6 but with a different form factor), and there’s no idea about what Slider is.
Surprisingly, these names are all mentioned concerning a Samsung modem listed as ‘g5123b’ and it could be expected that if these phones share a modem they also share a chipset, so the Google Pixel Fold could have the Tensor chipset which was already confirmed for the Pixel 6 sereis and it promises a raft of advantages including enhanced AI and machine learning.
If the Pixel Fold will have this chipset, then it could be expected that they’ll have the same cameras as the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro as well, given that this chipset is tuned to make the most of those snappers. This signifies that Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro will have dual-lens or triple-lens cameras, with main, ultra-wide, and possibly also telephoto lenses. For the time being all of this is unconfirmed, but Google will surely do well when it comes to photography, so we’d expect good things.
Weirdly, Google will reveal many of the features of the Pixel 6 series, despite the phones not being fully announced until later this year. Google Pixel Fold might be a surprise, which could be the reason for doing it.
If the Pixel Fold is coming this year, it might be launched with the Pixel 6 series. It could be the strategy of Google to reveal much about those phones in advance, more time can be dedicated to the Fold, making it the star of the show. If Google launches Pixel Fold this year, then there will be serious competition from the just-launched Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.