Google Pixel 5a, foldable Pixel, and more Pixel phones appear in leaked document
After several delays, Google finally launched its budget-friendly Pixel 4a earlier this month. The company also teased the upcoming Pixel 4a 5G and the flagship Pixel 5, which are scheduled to launch later this year. But while Google is yet to announce a launch date for its 2020 flagships, a recent report from 9to5Google reveals that the company has already started work on the Pixel 5a, a foldable Pixel device, and more.
The publication has managed to procure an internal Android document that lists builds of Android for all publicly-launched Pixel devices since the Pixel 2. The document lists builds for the recently launched Pixel 4a, the upcoming Pixel 4a 5G, the Pixel 5, the unannounced Pixel 5a (codenamed barbette), and three other devices currently in development under the codenames “raven,” “oriole,” and “passport.”
While the document doesn’t specify anything about “raven” and “oriole”, the device codenamed “passport” has been referred to as a foldable. These three devices are labeled as “Q4 2021,” which leads us to believe that a foldable Pixel smartphone may be launched next year.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’re hearing about a foldable Pixel smartphone. Back in May 2019, we learned that Google was working on a foldable Pixel, but the Pixel head at the time, Mario Queiroz, only confirmed that the company was “prototyping the technology.” Queiroz went on to say that Google had been doing that “for a long time” and that he didn’t think a foldable device had “a clear use case yet.”
While the document reveals no further information about these three devices, it reveals that the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 are scheduled to launch in October, which falls in line with Google’s recent teaser. Additionally, the document notes that the Google Pixel 5a is scheduled for a “Q2 2021” launch and it’s described as a “lower end mid year device.”
Even though the internal document does give us some hints about what Google has in store for us, we’d advise that you take all this information with a grain of salt. This is due to the fact that the document primarily focuses on Android development, so it may not mirror the plans of Google’s hardware team.
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