Google is allegedly working on a foldable Pixel smartphone that may debut in 2020. While there is no confirmation from Google yet, reports suggest that the phone will look very similar to the Oppo Find N. This would be a major departure from Google’s current design language, which favors a more minimalist aesthetic.
The animations on the Android 12L beta release were discovered by 9to5Google, and they appear to depict a foldable device that resembles the Oppo Find N that debuted in December. A SIM tray is visible at the bottom of the smartphone, as well as a volume rocker on the right side.
These animations illustrate something slightly different from previous leaks and render that had suggested the Google Pixel foldable smartphone would resemble the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The most recent images show a device with a bigger display than what Samsung has offered on its latest Z Fold 3. The images also suggest that the device will have an aspect ratio of 8.4:9, which is slightly taller than the current Google Pixel smartphones.
It’s unclear at this point what Google has planned for its foldable smartphone, but it’s likely that the company will want to take advantage of the extra screen real estate to offer a more immersive experience. With Samsung and Huawei both releasing foldable smartphones in 2019.
The Geekbench listing of the device shows an octa-core chip. The smartphone, dubbed ‘Pipit,’ had a single-core score of 4,811 on Geekbench and a multi-core score of 11,349 points. These scores are comparable to those achieved by the Google Pixel 6 with the Tensor processor.
On the Google Camera APK, there are references to Pipit, which has a 12.2MO IMX363 camera sensor. This suggests an older camera configuration rather than the new GN1 sensors utilized in the Google Pixel 6 series.
The study argues that the new actions observed on the Android 12L beta version might be dropped in a future release, and Google has yet to address a foldable device. So, we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.