A foldable phone amongst Googles new lineup?

March 27, 2019

Google could be the next major company to launch a foldable phone, and if rumors are correct it could be a very different proposition to what’s currently available courtesy of Samsung and Huawei.

Meanwhile, the foldable phone will add to a 2019 lineup of flagship phones that are tipped to boast new and improved features.

Here’s an insight into the rumors circulating about Google’s upcoming releases including their possible foldable phone.

A Google foldable phone?

The tech world is currently abuzz with news of patents for foldable Google phones, and according to the sketches discovered by Patently Mobile they’re playing with a variety of technology.

One rough sketch shows a simple foldable device that bends in the middle like a clam shell, while another offers a different design for the foldable trend in the form of a triple display that folds twice to create a standard-sized device. This may allow for a larger screen size when the phone opens up, with some speculating it could measure almost 9 inches.

Tech Radar notes the sketches are very rough but do indicate Google is keen to get in on the foldable action.
Meanwhile, further speculation is building about upgrades to the Google Pixel range which is expected to be launched later this year.

So, what do tech aficionados believe new Pixels would offer?


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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL

The upgrades to the Pixel lineup are expected to be called the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL. They’re tipped to boast an improved operating system and a couple of new features, including:

Two active SIMs

CNET believes the new Pixel 4 will feature two active SIM cards courtesy of a standard SIM slot and an eSIM. This is not new but they way they operate will be. Previously only one SIM could be activated at a time, but now, users will be able interchange between the two.

Effectively that means two phone numbers can be connected to the one device so users can talk, text or use data on ether line.

“However, if either is being used to make a call or text, the other line won’t be able to take calls or text for the time being. This is similar to how the new iPhones and other Android phones operate,” CNET says.

Android Q

The Pixel range is Google’s flagship device for their latest operating system, and the Pixel 4 it tipped to run Android Q.

This operating system will reportedly have a system-wide dark mode, new permissions features, improved facial recognition and enhanced security.

Different design?

Meanwhile a sketch of the Pixel 4XL design has also purportedly been leaked, although there’s some conjecture about its authenticity. The image shows the Pixel 4XL with a punch hole front facing camera, and a dual sensor camera on the rear.

This would free up extra screen space, while BGR explains the 4XL could be Google’s first Pixel phone to offer a dual-lens selfie camera.

Cheaper Pixel 3 options

Rumor also has it Google may release cheaper versions of its Pixel 3 range in the form of the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3XL Lite.

CNET says these would be “more affordable than the original Pixel phones, giving potential midrange phone buyers more options to consider”.

When?

The general consensus is Google will launch the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL in October, as this is the month the tech co first released the Pixel lineup, and they’ve traditionally offered upgrades at that time each year.

Meanwhile, the cheaper Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3XL Lite could be available as soon as August.

There’s no word on when any foldable number might be revealed.

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