Google planned second foldable Pixel, but model wasn’t “good enough”


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Google introduced its first foldable smartphone a few weeks ago as a major competitor to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, with a high price and high-performance specifications to stir up competition in the segment. But the company was developing a second model that was put aside for not meeting the brand’s quality expectations.

The information was confirmed by Ivy Ross, head of product design at Google, during the most recent episode of the podcast Made by Google. She says she’s proud of the team that developed the Pixel Fold, noting that “there was another foldable model that we had created and we had the discipline to hold it [o lançamento] and saying ‘no, it’s still not good enough’, and really waiting until we feel like we could make something that was good enough or better than what’s already out there”.

The executive’s speech reinforces the rumors that Google is working on a foldable smartphone in flip format for 2025 with a compact size similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Oppo Find N2 Flip and Motorola’s new Razr 40 and 40 Ultra.

Google is expected to perfect the device and fix current issues to outperform major competitors, potentially launching the lower-priced Pixel Fold device in the coming years as an eventual pixel flip.

The Google Pixel Fold was launched in the United States with a suggested price of US$ 1,799 (about R$ 9 thousand) and seeks to compete against Samsung and its complete Galaxy Z Fold 4, launched in August 2022 for the same price. The South Korean giant is expected to introduce the new Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 in the coming weeks with even more improvements in durability and performance.

Source: Made by Google Podcast