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Google Pixel Fold Once Again Tipped to Launch This Year

- Updated: 21st Sep 2021, 05:09 IST

While Google preps for the launch of its Pixel 6 series, there is another device in the pipeline. In the past few years, rumours of a Google Pixel Fold has surfaced quite a lot. Although without any solid proof of its existence. A new rumour suggests that a release date could be in the final months of 2021. On the other hand, references to the supposed device surfaced early on in the Android 12 beta cycle.

Now, this is the second time the phone is mentioned online in a week. As per a tweet by tipster Evan Blass, the Google Pixel Fold, with codename “Passport” will be launched by the end of this year. He also says that Google is working on this new foldable for more than two years. Earlier this week, David Naranjo, Senior Director, Display Supply Chain Consultants, tweeted on the development of the phone as well.

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Now, his tweet also indicated that the handset may launch in the fourth quarter of 2021. It suggested that the Google Pixel Fold might use an LTPO OLED display. The analyst also adds that Google Pixel 6 Pro will launch in the same quarter.

In 2019, Google revealed that it had started working on foldable smartphone prototypes. The company also provided support for foldable displays in Android 10. This was leveraged by companies including Samsung to develop their in-house foldable phones. Now, Google Pixel Fold will be one of the smartphones in the foldable phone market. Moreover, this is the first-ever reference to the Pixel Fold in clarity.

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Earlier, last year, a purported internal Android document suggested the Q4 2021 launch timeline for Google Pixel Fold. The phone appeared with the codename ‘Passport’ alongside ‘Raven’ and ‘Oriole’. They are apparently the codenames for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Whereas Google also confirmed the testing of various foldable prototypes. A patent filing suggested that the company could be finalising a model that would fold inwards.

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Meanwhile, even without any official confirmation, we can expect the launch of this foldable to happen soon later this year. We will know more about it as it surfaces online ahead of its launch.