An expired internal Google document suggests that the company has set the fourth quarter of next year for the launch of a foldable Google Pixel phone, 9to5Google reports. The device, codenamed “Passport”, is said to be explicitly listed as “foldable” and is included with a list of all Pixel devices that return to Pixel 2 for 2017.
In addition to the foldable Pixel, the document also mentions a “bottom-of-the-middle” device called the Pixel 5A with a “Q2 2021” release date, and two other devices codenamed “Raven” and “Oriole”
It should come as no surprise that Google is working on a Pixel foldable device. Last year, she confirmed that she had prototyped the technology ahead of the annual I / O developer conference. However, at a time when Google Pixel development chief Mario Quiroz had announced expectations, saying the company had been working on the technology for a “long time” and He added that he did not think there was a “clear case of use” for folding devices yet. According to this document, however, it seems that Google has plans to go beyond prototyping and use the delicate technology in a consumer device.
Like 9to5Google notes that the leaked document deals mainly with the development of Android for these various devices and does not reflect the final plans of the hardware team. With the past year and a half until its release, the schedule is also almost certainly subject to change. However, even if the release date is shifted, this still suggests that Google plans to actually launch a foldable device.
Google announced native support for folding devices on Android in November 2018, before Samsung’s initial launch of the original Galaxy Fold.