Will Google launch a foldable Pixel device?


Google launched its first Android 13 beta quarterly, and the developers have already revealed code that hints at a pair of upcoming devices: the foldable Pixel and the new ‘Pro’ tablet (via Android Police).

Developer Kuba Wojciechowski shared on Twitter details of the code that indicates the unfolded and folded states of a device called “Felix”.

He mentions the cameras the device uses as well, which may include a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor and a 10.8MP Samsung S5K3J1 telephoto lens on the back of the phone.

The device could also have an 8-megapixel Sony IMX355 sensor (the same one used by the Pixel 6A) on the inside and another Samsung S5K3J1 sensor around the front.

The foldable dual rear camera system supports claims that the device can fold horizontally like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, according to The Verge.

Last year it seemed like Google was also working on a device that folds similar to a clamshell, but the animations in Android 12L and an icon in Google’s Camera app suggest a phone that folds like a book.

In addition to researching details about Google’s upcoming foldable, Wojciechowski has also discovered references to a “Pro” tablet called “t6pro” or “tangorpro”.

Google confirmed it was working on an Android tablet at I/O in May, and developers have since discovered that “t6” and “tangor” refer to the device.

But seeing the “Professional” title attached to these code names, it could indicate that Google is working on a newer version of the tablet as well. As explained by 9to5Google, the code doesn’t reveal much about the fact that the two devices will use different rear cameras.

These results come a little less than a month before Google’s October 6 launch event, where we’ll see the debut of the Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, and new Nest devices. We don’t expect to see the rumored or foldable tablet at the event, although the Pixel tablet isn’t supposed to appear until 2023, and rumors suggest that the Pixel foldable device may be delayed until next year.

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