Google is working on a foldable Pixel phone and plans to release it in late 2021, leaked internal Google documents that 9to5Google have recognized.
The device code-named "Passport" is explicitly referred to as "foldable" in the document and is included in a list of all Pixel devices dating back to the 2017 Pixel 2. The document states that the phone is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.
In addition to the foldable Pixel, the document also mentions a Pixel 5A, which should be released around spring next year, and two other devices with the codenames 'Raven' and 'Oriole', which are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.
The leaked document is mainly about how the Android operating system will look on the various Google devices. There is no further mention of the hardware of the device. 9to5Google also likes to keep going ; not all of the devices listed in the document have actually entered the market.
In 2019, CNET reported that Google was working on a foldable Pixel, but Pixel head Mario Queiroz then only confirmed that the company was "prototyping the technology." Google has never released a foldable smartphone before, unlike competitors such as Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo.
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