Google hints at its foldable smartphone

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Google hints at its foldable smartphone

Google has been working on a foldable smartphone for a while, but the company has yet to reveal any details about it. The device was recently spotted on Geekbench with the codename Pipit and the performance specifications of the smartphone suggested that it could be powered by Google's own Tensor chip.

The second beta build of Android 12 L was released on Wednesday, and a new animation was spotted on it that suggests that Google's foldable smartphone might look like the Oppo Find N.

The animations on the Android 12 L beta build were spotted by 9 to 5 Google and show a foldable device that looks a lot like the Oppo Find N that was launched in December. The illustrations include a SIM tray at the bottom of the phone and a volume rocker on the right side of the device.

What these animations illustrate is slightly different from older leaks and renders that had indicated that the Google Pixel foldable smartphone might look similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The latest animations show a device that has a wider display than what Samsung has offered on the latest Z Fold 3. The illustrations show that the smartphone will have an aspect ratio of 8.4: 9, which is closer to the Oppo Find N than the 22.5: 18 aspect ratio we have seen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The Geekbench listing of the device has an octa-core processor. The codenamed Pipit had a single-core score of 4,811 on Geekbench and a multi-core score of 11,349 points. These scores are similar to what the Google Pixel 6 had, with the Tensor chip.

References to Pipit were also found on the Google Camera APK with a 12.2 MO IMX 363 camera sensor. This indicates an older camera setup and not the new GN 1 sensors used in the Google Pixel 6 series.

The report states that the new animations spotted on the Android 12 L beta build might be removed in a future release and that Google hasn't mentioned anything about a foldable handset. It remains to be seen how this is going to shape up.