On Wednesday, we found new Android 12L assets that suggest Google’s next foldable could mimic the Oppo Find N form factor instead of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. 9to5Google You have heard that this device could be called “Pixel Notepad” with lower price than expected.
A source who has proven to be knowledgeable about Google’s pixel plans in the past tells us that “Notepad” is the working brand. We have also learned that “Log Book” was considered above. An important caveat is that plans can always change before the product announcement, and Google is no exception; if not more prone to it than others in terms of marketing.
For phones, Google has stuck to numbers to indicate the generation and has an ‘a’ modifier for its lineup of affordable devices. There was a release in 2020 with the explicit addition of “5G” to the device name, though the company is somewhat inconsistent on whether it’s “with 5G” or “(5G)”.
A foldable is objectively a new form factor, and as such the only modern precedent we have is the unique “Pixel Slate” running Chrome OS. There was also the Pixel C Android tablet, but that was before the hardware efforts were consolidated under Made by Google.
Left: Folded | Right: Deployed (“Pipit” assets found in Android 12L Beta 2)
Aside from a name, we were told by the same source that the Pixel Notepad would cost noticeably (and surprisingly) less than the $1,799 Galaxy Z Fold 3. For a first-gen device, this is quite an unexpected price, with Samsung’s inaugural foldable. in just under $2,000.
Availability is said to be limited in a situation that somewhat mirrors how the Pixel 4a in 2020 was first available in the US before later expanding to other countries. There was a month-long international availability gap with that phone, and the Pixel Notepad’s appears to be longer.
Once again, Google’s plans may change, but “Notepad” is what we’re currently hearing. This joins our previous report on how this foldable will work with Google Tensor, but will use a smaller camera system than the Pixel 6. Today, the company had this to say:
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