There are still confirmations on the timing of the release of the first foldable smartphone from Google, whose final name could be Pixel Notepad: generally reliable leakers say on Twitter that mass production will begin in the third quarter of 2022thus making the possibility that the launch will take place by the end of the year more and more concrete.
The source further adds that Google is targeting a price of $ 1,399which in this segment is actually very competitive: remember that the Galaxy
Z Fold of the first generation (the Z wasn’t there yet, in fact) cost almost 2,000 dollars in the US, and only with the third generation model it has dropped a little, but only by 200 dollars. It has long been thought that Google would try to stay lower than Samsung, clearly to attract users, but a concrete figure had not yet circulated.
Pixel Notepad development is proving to be rather troubled. The smartphone will arrive substantially about a year later than originally budgeted: it seems that Google has decided to wait because it is aware that the product was not yet up to the competition. From the Beta of Android 12L it emerged that the form factor will be less elongated than the traditional one of the Z Folds, and therefore it could look more like Oppo Find N.
For the moment the concrete technical information on the device are few – or rather, we know several things about the model that should have been released at the end of last year, but it is safe to assume that the extra year of development will bring substantial updates from the point of view of hardware components – discounted for example a chip Google Tensor of the second generation, which should already debut with Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. We wonder for example if the camera substantially derived from the Pixel 5 and earlier will remain, with 12 MP Sony IMX363 main sensor whose debut dates back to the time of Pixel 3.