Android 13 quarterly platform beta has just been launched by Google. Some developers have already found code that hints at two upcoming devices. It would be the foldable Pixel and a new Pro tablet.
Kuba Wojciechowski, a developer, had shared screenshots on Twitter that refer to the “folded” and “unfolded” states of a device called “Felix”. He also shares the details he was able to extract from this code.
Features of Google’s new foldable
Kuba Wojciechowski claims that the cameras that are used by the device include a 64 megapixel (MP) Sony IMX787 main sensor and a 10.8 MP Samsung S5K3J1 telephoto lens on the back of the phone. The device could also pack an 8-megapixel Sony IMX355 sensor inside and another Samsung S5K3J1 on the front. It would be the same one used by the Pixel 6A.
Also according to the developer, the device would have the ability to fold horizontally like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold. By the way, the dual rear camera system of this foldable device backs up these claims. Rumors claim that Google has already worked on a device that can fold like a clamshell in 2021. However, animations found in an Android 12L as well as an icon in Google’s “camera” app suggest a device instead. which could close like a book.
A ‘Pro’ tablet could also be on the way
The developer didn’t just discover a foldable. Indeed, he would also have spotted references to a “Pro” tablet, which could be called “t6pro” or “tangorpro”. Moreover, Google has expressed itself on this subject. He actually confirmed he was working on an Android tablet at I/O in May. The developers then understood that “t6” and “tangor” referred to the device. The name “Pro” could indicate that Google is working on a high-end version of the tablet.
However, the code discovered by Kuba Wojciechowski does not reveal much yet, other than the fact that the two devices will use different rear cameras. Plus, this all comes less than a month away from Google’s Pixel launch event scheduled for October 6th. During this event, the Pixel 7, the Pixel Watch as well as the new Nest devices will appear. The tablet and the foldable won’t really be discussed, especially since the Pixel tablet isn’t due out until 2023, and the launch of the foldable Pixel has also been delayed until next year.
TEST – Google Pixel 6a: The best smartphone for less than 500 euros?
The Google Pixel 6a is a smartphone recently unveiled by Google. On paper, it looks like one of the best Android smartphones under $500. However, in use, is this really the case? Here’s our review of Google’s Pixel 6a.
Hardware: A real success for this Google Pixel 6a
The Google Pixel 6a, in terms of hardware, clearly takes up the design codes of its two big brothers. Indeed, we feel the resemblance and the identity that emerges from this family, which remains a point that was hitherto not very present at Google. We find this strip that crosses the face horizontally at the level of the camera. The block is much less prominent than those of the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, but it remains visible and well anchored. The chassis is made of plastic, but Google has chosen a very good polymer that is pleasant in the hand.
When we look at this phone, we really see that Google wanted to make a simple, discreet smartphone, but with personality. And within the editorial staff, we find that this phone is successful on this point. The grip is excellent in this context, especially given the size of the phone. Design experience is success.
Now let’s move on to the front side. The Google Pixel 6a offers a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a definition of 1080 x 2400 pixels (Full HD +) and a 20:9 ratio. However, we note that the Pixel 6a does not offer a refresh rate beyond 60Hz. In fact, this is absolutely not a problem. Afterwards, honestly, at this price, we would have appreciated a 90Hz screen. Now, the smartphone is fluid, then the screen itself remains bright, even if outdoors, it will be necessary to push the brightness to the maximum.
Google’s next tablet appears on animations of Android 13
The Pixel Tablet shows up in Android 13
In the first animation, we can see the Pixel Tablet being docked on its stand. A quick loading time then appears before giving way to the Google Assistant logo. In the second animation, this time it is possible to see the tablet’s lock screen when it is in “Proximity Sharing” mode. This reveals a split screen layout, with the digital clock on the left and the notifications on the right.
As is visible on the animations, we can thus notice that the Pixel Tablet can simply slip into its support without needing to be connected in USB-C thanks to the Pogo pins present on the back.
The Pixel Tablet can be used as a Nest Hub
In addition to these animations, Google has also shared some interesting information about the “docked” mode. So we learn that it will be possible to stream music and videos from your smartphone to the Pixel tablet, as would be possible with a Nest Hub or a Chromecast, without having to unlock it. In addition, it will also be possible to customize the elements displayed on the screen when it is positioned on its dock (clock faces, images from the Google Photos library, etc.).
With the arrival of Android 12L, Google once again began to take the tablet market seriously, which it had suddenly abandoned in 2015 when it decided to no longer offer new hardware. Now, by relaunching its own range of Android tablets, the giant seems more determined than ever to want to take its share of the pie. As a reminder, the Pixel Tablet is expected for 2023, without further details for the moment.
Google likely working on foldable Pixel phone, new Pro tablet
Google is likely planning a foldable Pixel phone and a new Pro tablet, and the new hardware has been spotted in Android 13 code.
In the first in-development release of Google’s quarterly Android 13 platform, developers spotted a detachable Pixel tablet and the rumored foldable Pixel.
The developers spotted a “Felix” foldable device, with a 64MP Sony IMX787 main sensor and a 10.8MP Samsung S5K3J1 telephoto lens on the back of the phone.
The device could also house an 8-megapixel Sony IMX355 sensor (the same one used by the Pixel 6A) inside.
The smartphone could fold horizontally like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold.
According to developer Kuba Wojciechowski, Google has released the first beta for Android 13 QPR1 beta and with it lots of updated code.
It includes “new camera drivers, revealing some details about their upcoming products. I found some details about an as yet unknown foldable, another tablet and more,” he posted in a tweet.
Google Pixel NotePad and Pixel Ultra: the two devices spotted in the Android 13 code
The photo configuration of Google’s first folding is revealed. In the first quarterly Android 13 update, which entered beta 1, developer Kuba Wojciechowski claims to have discovered things he attributes to the Pixel NotePad.
The codename Felix appears in the update code. This was previously attributed to the Pixel 7a, but the developer steps forward and considers that several elements surrounding it refer to folded or unfolded modes, a sign that it is therefore indeed the folding of the brand.
FIVE CAMERA MODULES
One thing is certain, this “Felix” should have five camera modules, three at the back, one at the front and a selfie. At the rear, it would be equipped with a Sony IMX 787 (50 megapixels) for the main camera, an IMX 386 (12 megapixels) for the ultra wide-angle and an S5K3J1 (10.87 megapixels) for the telephoto. The interior selfie module would be based on an IMX355 (8 megapixels), the same as on the Pixel 6 and the selfie camera of the exterior screen would integrate an S5K3J1.
In addition to these revelations, the developer has also spotted the existence of a possible Pixel Pro tablet, and he also mentions another code name, Lynx, which he associates with a possible Pixel Ultra. This would integrate two IMX 712 sensors.
Remember that this information comes from the code of Android 13. We cannot therefore rule out at this stage the possibility that these are simply tests on the part of Google, without the desire to release these products.
Google has announced that its next conference will take place on October 6, 2022. At a time when announcements of folding smartphones are multiplying among most Android manufacturers, an announcement of the Pixel NotePad is of course not to be excluded.