A number of details in the code of Android 13 QPR1, Google’s quarterly system update for Pixel phones, which was released last week, confirm the impending release of a number of products in the coming months, including a folding phone, a new high-performance tablet, and the eagerly anticipated Pixel 7 Ultra.
The information about two Google foldable phones is detailed in a series of posts made by Kuba Wojciechowski on Twitter. The first, codenamed, would have already been cancelled, while the second, codenamed, would be outfitted with the first-generation Tensor chip, which wouldn’t make much sense at the time of its release.
Having said that, Wojciechowski gives us an overview of the project. The gadget shows up on Android 13 QPR1 with “many references to the folded and unfolded states, as well as internal and external cameras,” contrary to earlier expectations that it would be a Pixel 7a.
Code lines indicate that the smartphone has five cameras in all. The rear cover would include a 50 MP Sony IMX787 sensor for the primary camera, a 12 MP Sony IMX386 sensor for the ultrawide lens, and a 10 MP Samsung S5K3J1 sensor for the telephoto lens.
Two additional sensors are referred to as front cameras: an internal one with an 8 MP Sony IMX355 sensor and an external one with the same 10 MP S5K3J1 sensor.
This makes it obvious that Google is testing a folding phone in secret that has the same configuration as the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Oppo Find N, Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, and Huawei Mate X2: a stiff external display and a flexible interior display.