While there was already some anticipation about the affordable variants of the Pixel 3 ₹ 63,359 and Pixel 3 XL ₹ 71,240 that could debut as the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite in the coming future, Google is now rumoured for its plans towards a foldable Pixel phone. The new model is likely to have a design similar to what Samsung is designing with its Infinity Flex Display.
The flexible display panel was showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2018) in San Francisco, California back in November last year. Notably, Google announced at its Android Dev Summit, following the SDC keynote last November, that it optimising Android to support foldable smartphones.
Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin last year claimed that Google is working on as many as seven smartphones. Of that portfolio, two models already debuted as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and four models were said to come as an upgrade to the existing Pixel lineup over time. Murtazin, however, mentioned that one of the seven devices in the pipeline is a smartphone sporting a flexible display.
Murtazin suggested in a post on his Mobile-Review.com blog that the flexible display-featuring Google smartphone is a prototype for 2020. However, just in line with Murtazin’s claim, a tipster with the @TechNavvi username on Twitter says that the foldable smartphone by Google is currently in works. The tipster even posted an image – apparently a patent application pertaining to the new model.
— email@example.com (@TechNavvi) December 27, 2018
The foldable smartphone is expected to be a theme for smartphone makers and the technology is not expected to gain mass adoption until next year. Samsung, which makes foldable OLED panels, has already confirmed that it will make around a million foldable smartphones this year and as the technology matures, we could see more such devices become mainstream.
One of the crucial component of a foldable smartphone is the flexible OLED panel and the hinge supporting devices with two different screens connected for a foldable smartphone experience.
Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a smartphone smartphone-tablet hybrid as part of its Andromeda project. A Xiaomi device with a foldable design has also leaked in the wild suggesting the Chinese company will also join the segment. There are also rumors of LG planning a foldable smartphone while Apple is said to be exploring the idea of a foldable smartphone sometime next year.