Leaked document reveals Google plans to launch foldable phone in 2021

Google is set to release its foldable Pixel smartphone, codenamed 'Passport' in 4th quarter of 2021


Tech Desk August 12, 2020
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Google’s leaked internal document suggests that the company is set to release a foldable Pixel smartphone in the fourth quarter of next year, reports 9to5Google.

The leaked document reveals 3 in-development phones; “raven” and “oriole”which could be “Pixel 6” models (the document doesn’t specify), but the third device, “passport” is clearly referred to as a “foldable.”

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All three are labeled as “Q4 2021,” which could be an early indication that a Pixel foldable smartphone is advancing toward becoming a retail product.

One thing to keep in mind is that the document highlights developing Android for these different devices but it does not confirm the hardware team’s final plans.

The launch of the device doesn't come as a surprise because Google had announced last year that the company plans to launch a foldable device and it was prototyping the technology ahead of its annual I/O developer conference.

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However, the latest leaked document suggests that Google has plans to move beyond prototyping and use the technology in a consumer device.

Samsung is also amongst the list of smartphone makers that released a new foldable smartphone that has a 7.3-inch screen that users can fold like a book, which is retailing for US$2,000.

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