While we were expecting the release of Google’s first folding smartphone in 2021, this one did not arrive. Nevertheless, according to many sources, the Mountain View firm has not abandoned the project. And normally, this device should be released towards the end of the year.
Today, it becomes clearer. In an article published this week, the PhoneArena site relays a post from @TheGalox_ about Google’s future folding smartphone, whose name would be Pixel Notepad (but not Pixel Fold).
"Pixel Notepad will start production in the third quarter of 2022"
Their target price is $1399, we'll see of they can hit that price pic.twitter.com/gIobp1BxLo
— Anthony (@TheGalox_) March 15, 2022
According to this source, mass production of Google’s folding smartphone will begin in the third quarter of 2022. His tweet also indicates that Google will still target a price of $1,399 in the United States. Thus, the Pixel Notepad should therefore cost less than its equivalent at Samsung: the Future Galaxy Z Fold 4.
@TheGalox_’s tweet corroborates previous rumors about the Pixel Notepad. Indeed, in February, Ross Young, a source of leaks which is regularly relayed by the media, had indicated that the production of panels for Google’s folding smartphone would begin in the third quarter, with a view to marketing in the last quarter. .
As for the price, a 9to5Google article, published in January, had indicated that Google would be targeting a lower price than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Pixel Notepad: a Tensor chip and a less efficient camera?
Normally, the Pixel Notepad will have a Google Tensor chip instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon. The format of the foldable screen could be closer to the Oppo Find N than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. On Oppo’s folding smartphone, the screen is directly in landscape mode when unfolded.
On the camera side, Google could make some concessions to reduce costs. It is rumored that the Pixel Notepad’s camera configuration would be close to that of the Pixel 5.
In the meantime, the Pixel 6a is coming soon?
So it’s increasingly likely that the Pixel Notepad won’t arrive until the end of the year. If the info from @TheGalox_ and Ross Young is correct, then we can expect Google to launch this folding phone alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in the last quarter.
In the meantime, Google fans will be entitled to a more affordable smartphone. The Pixel 6a, whose name has already been the subject of an “official” leak, should indeed be launched this first half of 2022.
And it is possible that the firm will launch this affordable device during its I/O conference, scheduled for May 11 and 12. The Pixel 6a is rumored to have the same Google Tensor chip as the Pixel 6. But Google will certainly make concessions on other parts of the spec sheet to keep the device cheap.