Google's first foldable phone could undercut the Galaxy Z Fold 3

Pixel Fold Mockup Back Straight
Pixel Fold Mockup Back Straight (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google has reportedly picked a name for its rumored foldable smartphone.
  • The device may be called the "Pixel Notepad," though Google reportedly considered naming it the "Logbook."
  • It is rumored to be significantly less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Despite earlier rumors claiming that Google had ditched its Pixel Fold plans, there are strong indications that it is ready to dabble in the foldable space. The most recent Android 12L beta build contained hints about how Google's foldable would look, giving us some OPPO Find N vibes. A new report sheds light on its name and price point.

According to 9to5Google, the search giant's foldable phone will be called the "Pixel Notepad" rather than the Pixel Fold, which has been rumored to be canceled. Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young revealed late last year that Google abandoned its plan for a 2022 foldable device announcement due to a lack of confidence that the device would be a compelling challenger to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The Pixel Notepad moniker is said to be a working brand name for the phone. However, prior to coming up with that name, Google reportedly considered calling the device "Logbook."

When it comes to pricing, 9to5Google claims the device will be available at a lower price than some of the best foldable phones already available in the market, such as the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This means the Notepad will come in at less than $1,799.

Given the high cost of manufacturing these devices, it's unclear how Google intends to pull off a relatively cheaper foldable handset. It's one of the major challenges confronting OEMs like TCL, which recently put its foldable phone project on hold until prices could be reduced.

It may also take some time for Google to bring a foldable phone to market. A source familiar with Google's plans previously told Android Central that the project would be released in 2023.

With companies like OPPO, Xiaomi, Huawei and Motorola taking their fight to Samsung in the foldable segment, it makes sense for Google to join the fray.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

With large 120Hz OLED displays, a triple camera array, and an Under Panel Camera for video calls, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is one of the most feature-rich foldable phones on the market. The best part is that it is compatible with the S Pen.

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10 Comments
  • The device will also be a bug ridden mess of data gathering crap like anything else Google makes.
  • Yep. It'll be just a rehash of the rest of the Pixel vs Galaxy line....Underwhelming and living in the Galaxy shadow. Google should be working on getting more developers to take advantage of the fold. More video apps (YouTube, Plex, etc) need to do things like add player control support for flex mode and other Fold specific features. Folding phones are going to become the norm.
  • Destroying their own ecosystem with fake news spam about "competitors" and scaring the costumers off to Apple. Big Corp meddling with Big Corp and splitting the profits.
  • This phone will be made by TCL, using a Tensor chip and a foldable screen, both manufactured by Samsung. We'll hear a roar at the factory shouting: It's alive, alive! 🧟
  • Don't forget it will be overpriced...
  • CAVEAT EMPTOR... when buying a Google phone!
  • Pixel Notepad good name. Pixel Logbook terrible name. I'd also question if Logbook is even a word. Notepad also nicely subtly ties in with iPad. I would expect it to be less because Google sells hardware for the same reason Microsoft does, to move the market forward and Pixel doesn't have the brand Galaxy does.
  • Just like it is now, it's not on the same level as a Galaxy. With that said, bring it on. More "competition," is always a win for us consumers.
  • AC will promote the heck out of this google product, pump and dump, encouraging "scarce" preorders, then spend the next six m backtracking and reporting the hardware and software problems that plague early google products... Never, ever buy first generation tech products from anybody.
  • Should've called it Google Pixel F or Google Mega Pixel