Google Pixel Notepad is Google’s answer to Samsung and their Galaxy Z Fold lineup. Over the last decade, no piece of technology has had more of an impact on human life than smartphones. The smartphone has single-handedly reshaped almost every aspect of our personal and social lives.
Despite being such an important device, the smartphone itself hasn’t changed much in the last many years. Sure it has become thinner and displays have become bigger, but it’s only now that smartphones are seeing the first true transformation with foldable designs. Leading the technology is of course Samsung, a company that has now released a number of foldable phones. Notably, the recent Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 came with significant improvements that really put the foldable phones on the map.
Samsung is on track to sell at least 7 million units of the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 alone. Right now, Samsung dominates the foldable segment with a market share of 88%. But that willlikely change this year as Google is all set to launch their own foldable phone that undercuts the Z Fold 3 in key segments.
9to5Google has found important details about Google’s foldable phone. First up, the phone will be called the Pixel Notepad instead of the Pixel Fold. And Google will address one of the biggest downsides of the Z Fold lineup and it’s the cover display.
Google Pixel Notepad Specs
According to 9to5google, the Pixel Notepad will sport a display with an 8.4:9 aspect ratio, and if you’re wondering it’s going to look like this. This by the way is not a fan-made render but an actual image found in the Android 12L beta by google itself.
So it seems the Pixel Notepad will look almost exactly like the recently launched Oppo Find N with a squarish aspect ratio. To be honest, the Oppo Find N is better than the Z Fold 3 in a couple of areas. A wider outer display that makes it more usable and an almost non-existant crease.
Oppo is using a different folding mechanism than Samsung which enabled them to overcome one of the biggest limitations of the foldable phones at the moment. Although we’ll have to wait and see if this mechanism will develop lumps over time as seen on Motorola’s Razr. But it’s good news that Google is adopting Oppo’s approach rather than Samsung’s mainly for its wider cover display. Now we also have the price and specifications of the Pixel Notepad.
According to the same source, the Pixel Notepad will undercut the Z Fold 3 by a massive $400 which means Google is planning to launch the handset at $1399. That’s just $100 more than the rumored price of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. This price will make foldable phones much more accessible and will turn out to be a problem if Samsung doesn’t decrease the price of the Z Fold 4.
Anyway, the Pixel Notepad will be powered by Google’s Tensor chip but it won’t use the Pixel 6’s 50-megapixel sensor. Instead, Google has decided to use a 12.2-megapixel found in Pixel 5. Apparently, they are not using the 50MP sensor because of its thickness. There will be a 12MP IMX386 ultrawide sensor and two 8MP sensors IMX355s for selfies – likely one on the outer screen and one on the inner one.
The site also claims that the handset will be available internationally by the end of 2022. However, there will apparently be a gap between the US and international launches. So I would assume that the US launch would come first in that case.