Google is interested in folding smartphones. The search engine recently unveiled Android 12L, a version of the operating system that adapts to this type of format. But it could go even further!
During this fall’s Pixel event, Google showcased two smartphones that, despite all their strengths, remained in a “classic” form, although rumors had announced that the search engine would launch its first folding Pixel. It was not, but it is only partly postponed.
A photo sensor less powerful than that of the Pixel 6
The code of the Camera application indeed refers to a new device with the code name “Pipit” (previous rumors gave the code name “Passport”, we do not know what happened to this model. ). Details are pretty meager regarding Pipit, other than that it is a folding device.
However, the code says more about the photo capabilities of this future terminal. It should indeed carry a main sensor of 12.2 megapixels, the IMX363 from Sony. This is the same component used in the Pixel 5. The Pixel 6 takes advantage of a Samsung GN1 sensor of 50 megapixels and as we saw in our test, it works wonders.
If Google preferred to integrate an older sensor in its future foldable device, it is probably because of a problem of space. The Pixel 6 features a large bar on the back that contains the various components of the photo block, a design that seems difficult to replicate on a foldable Pixel where space is at a premium. This is also what happens at Samsung: the Galaxy Z Fold3 does not benefit from the x10 zoom or the 108 megapixel sensor of the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
For the rest, the Pipit should also rely on a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle (IMX386) and two additional sensors (IMX355) for selfies. There will probably be one inside and one outside of the smartphone. Google could launch this device next year: see you in the fall of 2022 at the same time as the final version of Android 12L ?