More rumors about Google’s anticipated (but unverified) Pixel Fold, the company’s first foldable phone, have surfaced: the gadget will be dubbed the Pixel Notepad and will be priced cheaper than some of the luxury folding phones now on the market.
According to individuals close to the situation, Notepad is a “working brand name” for whatever the gadget ends up becoming. Logbook seems to be another name under consideration.
Google then qualifies the leak by stating that “plans may always change before the product introduction,” implying that the Pixel Notepad may not be the final moniker chosen. In previous years, Google has kept its smartphone naming policy simple, building up to last year’s Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro.
The cost is reasonable
According to the same sources, the Pixel Notepad will be less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – which will cost you back $1,799 / ?1,599 / AU$2,499 for the lowest variant.
It’s a commonly known fact that foldable phone technology isn’t cheap to produce, so it’s surprising to find that Google could be able to achieve such a low pricing range with its very first entry in the category (though all of this is unconfirmed speculation for the time being, of course).
According to the source, availability may also be a problem – see also the worldwide chip scarcity and the Google Pixel 5a, which is only available in the United States and Japan. Later this year, we could see the foldable formally break cover.
Every phone manufacturer wants a foldable phone right now
With companies like Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and others releasing foldable phones, it seems that the product category is here to stay — at least for the next several years, as manufacturers assess market demand for these devices.
The very first phones to enter the market, such as the Huawei Mate X, were prohibitively costly and unreliable in terms of the folding mechanism and hinge. Prices have decreased over time, dependability has increased, and new form factors, such as clamshell folding, have entered the market.
And then we’re expecting for the two main mobile giants, Apple and Google, to put their toes into the water. At this point, we’ve been hearing about a foldable iPhone for years, with the most recent speculations pointing to a release in 2022… maybe.
Considering Apple’s proclivity for waiting until technological breakthroughs are well established and refined before incorporating them into the iPhone, it seems probable that Google’s folding handset will be the first to arrive. If Google is able to get the device on the market at a fair price, it might be a huge boost for foldable phone sales.
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