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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Google’s Pixel Fold design could avoid some of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 issues

Oppo Find N. looking a lot like

Rumors of Google’s foldable Pixel device have been doing the rounds for some time now, although nothing concrete has been leaked to confirm its existence. But the company is rolling out a slew of improvements to the folding phone in Android 12L, which some hint at the Pixel Fold’s eventual arrival. A rumor from late last year also claimed that the foldable may arrive in 2022 with a lower camera setup than the Pixel 6. The latest Android 12L beta has now possibly revealed the design and confirmed that the device will have the same GS101 Tensor chip. Currently ticking inside the Pixel 6 series.

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image credit: 9to5google

The new animations discovered in the beta refer to the Pixel Fold’s “pipit” codename and show how to insert a SIM card or use eSIM during initial setup. One of the animations shows the device in its folded state with the hinge on the left, the volume rocker on the right, and the SIM card tray on the bottom. Another animation shows the same SIM insertion process but with the display exposed. Going by the animation and the size of the device in some calculations, 9to5Google speculates that the internal display of Google’s foldable will have a 7:8 aspect ratio. This means that it could have a different design than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 which has a taller aspect ratio of 22.5:18. It will more closely align with the Oppo Find N and its squarish 8.4:9 aspect ratio.

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As we mentioned with the Find N in our hands, the squarish aspect ratio means it has a wide enough cover display to make typing easy and ensure there are no app layout compatibility issues. Meanwhile, the tall aspect ratio of the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s cover display causes some apps to break and leads to a frustrating typing experience with a lot of typos.

All this information is based on the beta version of Android 12L which is still in development, so there is a lot that could possibly change. However, these animations add to the rumors of Google working on the Pixel Fold which may launch this year.

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