A leaked Google internal document suggests the company has set aside the fourth quarter of next year for the release of a foldable Google Pixel phone, 9to5Google reports. The device, named “Passport”, would be explicitly referred to as “foldable” and is included alongside a list of all Pixel devices dating back to the Pixel 2 of 2017.
Besides the foldable Pixel, the document also mentions a “low-end mid-year device” called the Pixel 5A with a release date of “Q2 2021”, and two other devices named “Raven” and “Oriole” for “Q4 2021. “. 9to5Google speculates that they could be Pixel 6 models. Finally, there’s the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5, which Google pre-announced alongside the Pixel 4A earlier this week. Officially, these devices are expected to launch in the fall, but the document suggests they could arrive in October, according to a separate report from 9to5Google.
It’s no surprise that Google is working on a foldable Pixel device. Last year, he confirmed he was prototyping the technology ahead of his annual I / O developer conference. However, at the time, Mario Queiroz, head of Google Pixel development, tempered expectations by saying that the company had been working on the technology for “a long time,” and added that it didn’t think there was “a clear use case” for foldable devices. again. According to this document, however, it appears that Google is planning to go beyond prototyping and use the delicate technology in a mainstream device.
As 9to5Google Note, the leaked document primarily relates to Android development for these various devices and does not reflect the hardware team’s final plans. With a year and a half to go, the schedule is almost certainly subject to change as well. However, even if the release date changes, it still suggests that Google is considering releasing its own foldable device.
Google announced native support for Android foldable devices in November 2018, ahead of Samsung’s initial unveiling of the original Galaxy Fold.