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

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

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

Google has a knack for dragging out years of rumors surrounding new products. After the Pixel Watch from Arles, the Mountain View company was soon to 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, against a square format

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

At least that’s what was able to uncover 9to5Google digs into Android 12L Beta 2. The specialized media could see an animation with a smartphone with a beautiful Google logo. Let’s add that a ceramic shell would be under investigation at Google.

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

Digital Chat Station, the famous one delicious Officials on Weibo understand 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. In fact, Google would have chosen to install the selfie camera on the edge of the phone to keep the screen spotless.

The Pixel interface, but bent

Developer Preview 1 of Android 13 gave a taste of the collapsible Pixel Launcher. Spotted off 9to5Google, the new thing would be to offer two different layouts for the home screen, one collapsed and the other unfolded. We especially note the presence of an unfolded taskbar.

Pixel Launcher changed home screen layout
Source: 9to5Google

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

Still on the interface side, traces of 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 feature in Google Camera
The diagram of the Jupiter feature in Google Camera // Source: 9to5Google

We don’t yet know if this feature will trickle down to other manufacturers. Its concrete applicability is also still unclear at this point. 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 image configuration of the Pixel Notepad would be, an eminently important point at a time when Samsung is starting to strengthen its game on the Fold 4 for example.

For the chip, if a Google Tensor is expected of course, 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

The last question mark is the screens, although we are beginning to glimpse the key figures, still thrown into darkness. Definition, refresh, luminosity, fold… everything is yet 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 display inside would obviously 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 goes on 9to5Google (again them) by claiming that the Pixel Notepad would come in at $1400.

The page specializing in the Mountain View company also suggests that Google would like to present its folding phone before the end of 2022. Unfortunately, its notable absence from Google I/O somewhat contradicts this statement. This is what is progressing The electric oneas a source assures him that the Pixel Fold will be pushed back to early 2023.

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