Google’s Pixel Fold 2 might be called the Pixel 9 Pro Foldon April 18, 2024 at 16:31 Tech Advisor

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Google might’ve been late to the foldable party, but it was worth the wait.

The Pixel Fold is undoubtedly one of the best folding phones you can buy, combining a slender, premium design with impressive cameras and great displays. But there are a few key drawbacks, including that high price tag.

So, what will change on the upcoming second generation? There’s evidence that Google is working on a potential Pixel Fold 2, and we already have a good idea of what to expect.

When will the Google Pixel Fold 2 be released?

Google unveils new flagships in the Pixel series every year. Assuming the Pixel Fold series also adopts this schedule, it’s reasonable to anticipate Pixel Fold 2’s arrival at some point in 2024.

Given that Google officially launched the Pixel Fold at its Google I/O developer conference in May 2023, we may see a new model this year. It is likely to happen at the next Google I/O on 14 May 2024.

However, as Android Authority reports, Google may skip straight from the current Tensor G2 to Tensor G4 in the Fold 2, so might not be ready in time for the summer. Additionally, according to their latest report, Google has renamed the upcoming foldable phone the Pixel 9 Pro Fold.

If true, this could mean that Google might unveil the device in October, along with the Pixel 9 series.

Despite this, respected analyst Ross Young says that panel production for the Pixel Fold 2 starts in April 2024. If true, a potential launch could happen 1-2 months later. Samsung also updates its book-style foldable each year, with the Galaxy Z Fold 6 likely in 2024. These two devices will likely go head-to-head once again.

How much will the Google Pixel Fold 2 cost?

As for pricing, it is currently also a matter of speculation.

The original Pixel Fold starts at £1,749/$1,799, putting it right in line with the £1,748/$1,799.99 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5.

However, the Honor Magic V2 has recently launched, and it undercuts both at £1,699.99/€1,999.

There’s also the OnePlus Open, which remains the cheapest of them all with a price tag of £1,599/$1,799.

Will Google reduce the price to put the Pixel Fold 2 in line with OnePlus or Honor? It’s unlikely, especially if there are significant upgrades. But foldables also need to get cheaper in order to achieve mainstream appeal, so the next Pixel Fold may start moving in that direction.

What specs and features will the Google Pixel Fold 2 have?

In October 2023, 9to5Google has discovered a device with the codename “comet’ in an update of the Google Pixel Buds app. Despite being positioned between the Pixel 8 series phones, a “comet” doesn’t quite align with the dog breed theme associated with this series (“shiba”, “husky”, and “akita”).

It’s also unlikely that “comet” corresponds to the Pixel 9, as Google was expected to employ reptile-related codenames for that particular generation. That’s why it is believed that it may be the upcoming Pixel Fold 2.

And indeed, Google has reportedly updated its naming convention for the Pixel 9 series, as per information from Android Authority. The new names assigned to the devices are as follows: the Pixel 9, codenamed “tokay”; the Pixel 9 Pro, codenamed “caiman”; the Pixel 9 Pro XL, codenamed “komodo”; and the Pixel 9 Pro Fold (previously known as the Pixel Fold 2), codenamed “comet”.

Additionally, software designed for Google’s 2024 devices has confirmed these new names as well. So, all indications are that Google is indeed working on its next foldable phone, but this year it is likely to belong to the Pixel 9 series.

However, not until recently, Google referred to the device codenamed “comet” as the Pixel Fold 2. The name Pixel 9 Pro Fold may also change, but reportedly it’s what Google is currently using.

Design

In February 2024, CAD-based renders from popular leaker OnLeaks (via SmartPrix) offer the most detailed look yet at the device.

So #FutureSquad… Here comes your first comprehensive and detailed look at the massive #Google #PixelFold2 (360° video + gorgeous 5K renders + dimensions)!…😏

Once again, on behalf of @Smartprix 👉🏻 https://t.co/9abIZNOvRl pic.twitter.com/RKPqd0i9XV

— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) February 21, 2024

Based on these, the Pixel Fold 2 features a taller, rounded outer display and a new camera module, a departure from previous Pixel designs. When folded, the Pixel Fold 2 measures 155.2 x 77.1 x 10.54 mm, making it thinner than the 12.1mm original.

The new camera module is split into two sections, and houses three cameras, a flash and a microphone. That tallies with early Pixel 9 renders (also from OnLeaks) that share very similar camera module design.

Display

In October 2022, respected analyst Ross Young suggested that the Pixel Fold would be getting a bigger screen:

We published the display sizes for the Google 9a, 9, 9 Pro and next Pixel Fold in our latest Advanced Smartphone Report. All of them will be bigger than this year’s models…

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) October 4, 2023

Young’s March 2024 post gets much more specific when it comes to display sizes:

The leaks on the Pixel Fold 2 don’t have the display sizes right. 8.02″ for the foldable display and 6.29″ for the cover display. Panel production starts in April! It is coming.

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) March 12, 2024

February 2024 renders back up the larger displays, but not those numbers. According to OnLeaks (via SmartPrix), the inner display measures 7.9 inches (8.1 inches with corners), an upgrade from the original Pixel Fold’s 7.6-inch screen, with a smaller and more uniform bezel. The outer display has also apparently been increased from 5.8 to 6.4-inches.

The hinge design resembles that of the OnePlus Open, with a rounded display meeting a sharper hinge corner. The aspect ratio and display sizes are also similar to the Open, making the Pixel Fold 2 a noteworthy competitor in the foldable market. It could also rival the Honor Magic V2, which is the thinnest foldable at the moment at just 9.9mm.

Performance

An undisclosed source revealed to Android Authority that Google is testing the Pixel Fold 2 internally with the Tensor G4 chipset (codenamed “zumapro”), shifting from earlier versions using the Tensor G3 (codenamed “zuma”).

If true, it’d mean the Fold 2 would probably use the same chipset as the Pixel 9 and 9 Pro. However, even the Tensor G3 would be a significant upgrade on the current Tensor G2.

Jim Martin / Foundry

The Tensor G4 is anticipated to bring slight improvements over the G3, though it’s not clear what these might entail.

According to the Android Authority leak, prototype versions of the Pixel Fold 2 boast 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 4.0 storage, both of which would be upgrades. The original Pixel Fold shipped with a base 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The increase to 16GB of RAM is significant, as it would mark the first time Google launches a smartphone with more than 12GB of RAM. This upgrade also seems to support Google’s strategy to enhance on-device AI capabilities through its assistant named Pixie, as per The Information.

Cameras

There’s no evidence of this yet, but it’s possible the Pixel Fold 2 will see improvements to some or all of its current five camera lenses. On the original model, there were five lenses: 48Mp main, 10.8Mp ultrawide, 10.8Mp telephoto, 9.5Mp front, 8Mp inner.

In general, camera performance was very good, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Google leave the hardware alone. Even if that ends up being the case, there may be improvements to the software image processing, though.

Battery

A report from MySmartPrice uncovered a certification for an upcoming, unidentified Pixel model.

The device in question features a 4942mAh battery, so it’d make sense if this was the Pixel Fold 2. The original model featured a 4800mAh battery, so this would be a useful upgrade.

As highlighted in our Pixel Fold review, we found that some days concluded with battery levels comfortably remaining around 20-25%, yet it needed charging in the evening on other occasions. A larger and better optimised battery could make battery life longer and more consistent.

Jim Martin / Foundry

However, there’s still no information as to whether the 30W wired and 7.5W wireless charging will get any upgrades. However, according to 9to5Google, the Pixel Fold 2 might support the latest Qi2 wireless charging standard.

Software

The Pixel Fold 2 is almost certain to run Android 14 at the very least. If it isn’t released until later in the year, this could be Android 15 instead.

However, unlike the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, which received seven years of OS and security updates, there’s no assurance that the same extended support will be available for the Fold 2. Nevertheless, it’s reasonable to anticipate at least the current five years of security updates.

This is all the information we have at the moment, but stay tuned, as we’ll continue to update this article as more details emerge.

In the meantime, you may also be interested in the best foldables and best Android phones to see what the Fold 2 will be up against.

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