Pixel 6-era Pixel Fold prototype leaked [Gallery]


Google has been working on a foldable for quite some time, ahead of launching the Pixel Fold in June 2023. The version just before that has now leaked, with the Pixel Fold prototype showing a Pixel 6-era design.

In August 2020, we reported that Google was working on a foldable called “Passport” that would launch alongside the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in the fourth quarter of 2021. Software evidence of that device appeared in several places, including the Android 12 beta.

As that deadline passed, references to foldables morphed into a new name: “Pipit.” We wrote at the time:

It's unclear what exactly has changed, but this kind of codename change in the middle of development has happened before. For example, when the Pixel Slate was planned to run on Intel's Cannon Lake processors, it was developed as “Meowth.” When those were delayed, Google rebranded the Pixel Slate as “Nocturne” on older Intel processors.

According to Android Authority Today, the Passport and Pipit “were separate projects at one point” but “they eventually converged into the same device”, with images of the Pipit having surfaced today. It was posted on the XDA forums and has since been removed. There is only one high-resolution image of this Pixel Fold prototype:

The Pipit looks similar to the first-generation Pixel Fold, except for the camera bar that matches the Pixel 6 generation. There's a single piece of glass with metal rails at the top and bottom that stretch from edge to edge and with a taper. It's a cleaner, more consistent look than the direction Google has taken.

In terms of camera specs, we reported in November 2021 that it would have two main lenses:

  • “…Instead of the new GN1 sensor, the Pixel foldable will have the same 12.2-megapixel IMX363 that has been used since the Pixel 3, likely as the main sensor.”
  • “…The Pipit foldable will feature a 12-megapixel IMX386 sensor, which, if we can trust the Pixel 6’s design, should be used for the ultrawide camera.”

It has been confirmed today. Android Authority The report says that the Pipit and the eventually launched (Felix) retained the same internal foldable screen/panel. Google had prototyped stylus support for the Fold, which would have almost certainly impacted durability.

In terms of other specifications, Pipit was powered by the first-generation Tensor (G1?) and Exynos Modem 5123 instead of the Tensor G2 and Exynos Modem 5300. This gives added credibility to the plan of it launching alongside the Pixel 6 series.

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