A patent relating to a foldable phone signed Google has just been published by WIPO. Decidedly, the internet giant also really wants to make a name for itself in the folding smartphone market.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the Mountain View company’s first foldable phone. Quite the contrary, the pixel notepad (working product name) has been attracting fans’ attention for quite some time now. Rumor has it he could make his debut alongside the Pixel 7 later this fall. But while Google has not yet confirmed anything about the terminal, it has just appeared on the side of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Indeed, the specialized agency of the United Nations has published a patent concerning the device.
The patent application was filed in June 2021but was only recently released.
A common point with the Pixel 6?
91mobiles is one of the outlets that spotted the post first. According to the site, the design envisaged by Google is somewhat reminiscent of that of the Galaxy Z Fold. The phone folds in half like a laptop. Like most existing folding smartphones, it appears to feature a crease in the middle of the display area. The frames around the screen are quite thick. The top bezel even appears to feature a selfie camera. Remember in passing that unlike this, the front camera of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is integrated into the screen.
Speaking of photography, if rumors are to be believed, the Google Pixel Notepad – or Pixel Fold – could have a main camera module identical to that of the Pixel 6. Besides, just like Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold, it’s expected to have an external display to show notifications and regular tasks.
A homemade processor at the controls?
As mentioned above, this alleged foldable smartphone from Google has been talked about for quite some time now. There is no shortage of leaks about it, although they are less frequent compared to those of the Pixel 7. Thanks precisely to these publications from unofficial sources, we know that the Pixel Notepad should sport a 5.8-inch outer panel (which is wider than that of the new Galaxy Z Fold). The rear photo module could include a main sensor 12.2MP Sony IMX363 and a 12 MP IMX386 ultra wide-angle lens. As for the front module, it would include two 8 MP Sony IMX355 photo sensors. Furthermore, Google could opt for its Tensor chip to propel the phone.