The foldable Pixel sounds… weird. Google has been developing its take on foldable smartphones for quite some time now and many bits and pieces of information have already been leaked. There’s almost nothing definitive, though, as we still don’t even know what the device’s name will be (most rumors point to it being called the Pixel Fold or Pixel Notepad). The latest tip this time concerns the cameras of the foldable Pixel smartphone. The original leak came from a prominent Chinese tipster, Digital Chat Station, and it was… first posted on Weibo. It has since been covered by Android Authority in a special article.
According to the tip, the Pixel Foldable will fold horizontally (as opposed to vertically, as is the case with the Galaxy Fold series). The inner screen is from corner to corner, without perforation cut-out. If you were expecting a camera under the screen, you’re in for a surprise.
Unlike the selfie camera on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, the foldable Pixel has a frame-mounted selfie camera, which is placed on the edge of the inner display. This isn’t an unheard of design solution, but it’s also not common in any way.
That’s not to say the foldable Pixel won’t have a punch-hole camera at all — quite the contrary. This should be taken quite literally. The perforated camera is simply on the outer screen of the device and must be placed centrally.
These camera placement solutions, coupled with the horizontal fold and smaller size of Google’s foldable (for reference, most tipsters claim that the smartphone will be more like the Find N in size than the Galaxy Z Fold), gives a very interesting picture. It looks like Google’s Pixel Fold, Notepad, or whatever it’s called, won’t be your regular foldable.