We’ve been hearing about a potential “Pixel Fold” for quite some time. Android 12L introduced some changes designed specifically for foldable tablets and smartphones, and it seemed that with Google Tensor, Google was finally starting to take its hardware seriously. However, all of that seemed to dissipate when Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) declared in November last year that the project was dead. However, it looks like the device may be back on track, as it has now tweeted more information about what to expect from its screen, and even when it can boot up.
Z Fold 4 and Google foldable will have similarly sized foldable screens, but the Google Cover screen will be slightly smaller at 5.8″. This should mean it will have a wider aspect ratio than the Samsung 6.19″ Fold 4. Hear more at our conference next week.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 2, 2022
The biggest takeaway from Young’s tweet is that Google’s “Pixel Fold” foldable phone should arrive in the fourth quarter of 2022. Its launch could be shortly after the release of Android 13, and the platform update has been shown to offers better support for foldable devices. Even better is its rumored price point, which has been reported to be much lower than its competitors at $1400. That would make it $400 less than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, $400 more than the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but $800 more than the cheapest Google Pixel 6.
Young not only offered information about Google’s next foldable smartphone, but also Samsung’s. He claims that both devices will have similarly sized internal screens and the main differentiating factor will be their external screens. Google’s foldable phone will apparently have a smaller 5.8-inch outer screen, while Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have 6.19-inches.
Even though Google’s phone has a smaller screen, it will potentially have a wider aspect ratio, possibly similar to OPPO Find N. The outer screen found on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a common sticking point. , as its thinness makes it difficult to use at times.