Google foldable phone to be a Galaxy Fold lookalike, patent shows


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A new Google foldable phone has been spotted on a patent filing with a Samsung Galaxy Fold-like design, and a bezel camera. The rumor mill has been churning out speculations around a Google foldable phone for a long time. Past leaks suggest that the device will carry the Pixel Notepad or Pixel Fold moniker. Google was reportedly gearing up to launch its foldable phone by the end of 2021. However, that speculation didn’t turn out to be true.

Google Foldable Smartphone

Likewise, some reports indicated that the purported Pixel device will go official in 2022. However, the search engine giant is still mum on its plan to launch the foldable device later this year. Nevertheless, Google could tease the foldable handset at the impending Pixel 7 series launch event. The tech giant will be hosting an event to unveil its latest Pixel series devices later this fall. Amid the lack of an official confirmation, Google foldable phone patent has surfaced online, courtesy of 91mobiles.

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To recap, Google applied for a patent to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) and published it on June 27, 2019. Notably, the patent showed a multi-page foldable display panel that users can fold open like a book. The new Google foldable phone patent was filed at WIPO in June 2021, as per a 91mobiles report. Moreover, the report claims that the patent was published on August 25. The patent drawings suggest that the Pixel Fold will adopt a design similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold.

Google Foldable Phone Patent Surfaces Online

The Google foldable phone has a notebook-like design and folds in half. However, the device has fairly thick bezels around the display. Also, it appears to have a crease in the middle, which is common in most newfangled foldable phones. Unlike the Galaxy Z Fold, Google foldable phone houses a front shooter in the top bezel. To recap, Galaxy Z Fold 4’s selfie camera is within the screen. Further, the patent sheds more light on the camera setup.

According to the patent description, the camera has an aperture. Moreover, it sits in the bezel of the second assembly that encompasses the flexible continuous display. Regrettably, the patent doesn’t give us a glimpse into the smartphone’s design in folded form. Nevertheless, the phone is likely to come with a cover screen for carrying out basic smartphone tasks. Also, the report suggests that the main camera sensor of the foldable phone will be similar to the Pixel 6 series. So, it could sport the iconic horizontal stripe.

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Moreover, past leaks claim that the Google Pixel Notepad will sport a 5.8-inch outer display. Notably, this is shorter and wider than the outer display of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Also, the Google foldable phone will reportedly offer a wider aspect ratio than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold. Under the hood, it will probably pack a Tensor chip. For optics, the foldable phone from Google could get a 12.2MP Sony IMX363 primary camera. Further, it is likely to house a 12MP IMX386 ultra-wide-angle lens.

Upfront, the Google foldable device will reportedly feature two 8MP IMX355s sensors for selfies. More details about the Google foldable phone are likely to pop up on the internet in the coming days.

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