As we near some type of announcement regarding Samsung’s next foldable handsets, other companies will be getting in on the action in 2021. A recent report suggested that we could see foldable smartphones from Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo over the course of this year. However, we have also been seeing more rumors and leaks in regards to a potential Pixel-branded foldable phone.
Before the Android 12 developer preview hit the hands of developers and Pixel enthusiasts, rumors started to trickle in about a potential foldable from Google. This continued off and on, but after the first Android 12 beta landed, Google’s code revealed a device codenamed ‘Passport‘. This is believed to be the foldable smartphone that Google is working on, but not much is known about what could be in the works.
A new rumor from ETNews suggests that not only will Samsung begin allowing other phone makers to purchase its new Ultra-thin Glass (UTG) displays, but that Google could be one of the first customers. This new technology marks the first world’s first bendable glass that will be used for commercial devices (including smartphones).
While details are scarce about this unicorn Pixel foldable, we can surmise that it will use an OLED panel, while looking like a combination of the Pixel 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Most of this is just pure speculation, as we have not learned any more details from the Android 12 beta in regards to the ‘Passport’. It would not come as a surprise if the device was powered by Google’s rumored Whitechapel chip, the same in-house processor being co-developed with Samsung that will likely be at the helm for the Pixel 6.
It will definitely be interesting to see whether this Pixel Passport sees the light of day, or if it’s just one of those projects that Google develops before deciding to scratch it all together.