We’ve been hearing rumors about the Google Pixel Fold for a while, but with little to show for it. In fact, the last we knew that Google had scrapped plans to unlock the phone. But there may still be a chance that the Fold will hit the market, if this Geekbench report is of any use.
The report through MySmartPrice it refers to “Google Pipit,” which is the supposed codename of the Pixel Fold, and the list of included specs looks impressive.
Reference screenshots reveal that the phone has 12GB of RAM, runs Android 12, and a Mali-G78 GPU. Meanwhile, the chipset has eight cores and a clock speed ranging from 1.8GHz to 2.8GHz, suggesting that it is Google’s in-house Tensor chipset that debuted on the Pixel 6.
You may recall that the Pixel 6 Pro runs on identical hardware, but since it was already released, there would be no reason to test it under a different codename. But whatever this phone is, the report suggests that Google is opting for performance, no matter what else it may offer.
However, it remains to be seen if that will be enough to compete with the best folding phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 3. One possible way that Google could challenge Samsung is price. For example, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro cost $ 599 and $ 899, respectively, while the Galaxy S21 ($ 799) and Galaxy S21 Ultra ($ 1,199) cost between $ 200 and $ 300 more.
All that said, there is no evidence that this is definitely the Pixel Fold. But considering the similarities between this phone and the Pixel 6 Pro, Google isn’t likely to launch the phone without something to help differentiate it.
It’s also worth noting that a Geekbench score doesn’t mean that this phone, whatever it is, will see the light of day. Assuming the report is not false. After all, phone makers often have multiple devices and prototypes that are scrapped at some stage of development and never go on sale.
Unfortunately, the Pixel Fold has been a mystery, so we don’t have much to compare this report with, beyond the Pixel 6 range. There have been multiple reports claiming that the Pixel Fold would have a 7.6-inch foldable screen, and we’ve seen rumors that the Fold would feature a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP selfie lens.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, and only time will tell if the Pipit will turn out to be the Pixel Fold or if it disappears without a trace. But if Google plans to launch the phone soon, it has a couple of chances. Mobile World Congress begins in late February and Google I / O is likely to return sometime in May.