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Google’s Pixel foldable coming in 2022, cameras will be a step down from Pixel 6 – 9to5Google

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Kyle Bradshaw
– Nov. 4th 2021 2:53 pm PT


The first foldable Pixel phone is set to arrive in 2022, and it will not use the same high-end camera sensors found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

One of the biggest jumps forward for the Pixel line this year was in the camera department. Where typically Google’s phones would compensate for outdated camera hardware with truly impressive software and machine learning enhancements, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro upgrade to a 50MP rear camera. Beyond the cheap metric of megapixels, the Samsung GN1 sensor in the Pixel 6 series is physically larger, which allows for more light and more detailed photos.
For the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google had to compensate for that physical upsize, which led to the now-iconic camera bar or “visor” which sticks out of the phone by a few millimeters. On a traditional slab smartphone, this isn’t a terribly big deal, depending on your design tastes anyway. For a foldable, however, every excess millimeter is critical, with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 measuring in at over half an inch thick when folded.
To that end, according to information our APK Insight team discovered in files associated with the latest release of the Google Camera app, the upcoming foldable Pixel phone — codenamed “Pipit” — is set to instead use essentially the same camera sensors as last year’s Pixel 5. Specifically, instead of the new GN1 sensor, the Pixel foldable will have the same 12.2-megapixel IMX363 used since the Pixel 3, presumably as the main sensor.
As you may remember, in August 2020, we were the first to report the development of a foldable Pixel phone. At the time, the work was being done under the codename “Passport,” and was tentatively scheduled to be released in late 2021. Passport has since appeared a handful of times, including in the Google Camera app and various places in the Android 12 Beta.
At some point during development, Google seems to have shifted away from the original Passport model to a new foldable phone called “Pipit.” It’s not clear what exactly changed, but this sort of mid-development codename change has happened before. For example the Pixel Slate was developed as “Meowth” when it was planned to run on Intel’s Cannon Lake processors. When those were delayed, Google rebuilt the Pixel Slate on older Intel processors as “Nocturne.”
Back to the camera specs, this Pipit foldable will feature a 12-megapixel IMX386 sensor that, if we can rely on the Pixel 6’s design, should be used for an ultrawide camera. One quirk worth noting is that within the code, this specific camera is tagged with “Folded,” which suggests it would only be used when the phone is folded closed. We leave this mystery to your imagination and are eager to hear your theories.
Meanwhile, the foldable Pixel will also come equipped with two 8-megapixel IMX355 sensors, one tagged as “inner” and the other as “outer.” Past Pixel phones — including the Pixel 6, but not Pixel 6 Pro — typically have used the IMX355 as a front-facing selfie camera. From this, we believe the inclusion of two identical cameras will help ensure that your foldable Pixel will take the same quality of selfies when folded or unfolded, with one of these selfie shooters on the external display and another on the internal display, much like the Galaxy Fold’s setup.
It’s not clear at this point whether this would be an under-display camera sensor like on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 or a hole punch style like on Pixel phones today.
To summarize, from what we can piece together so far, the Pixel foldable will likely be equipped with four camera sensors:
Overall, it looks like this first Pixel foldable will take a step down in camera quality by comparison to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. This is actually normal for foldable phones of this form factor especially, as even the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 does not have the same high-end camera specs as the Galaxy S21. The most likely reason for this is to reduce the thickness of the phone, as phone makers are currently trying to make their foldables smaller each year, and a thick camera visor like on the Pixel 6 would do just the opposite.
Knowing that the Pixel foldable is not going to use the same camera sensors as the Pixel 6, it only makes sense that Google would opt for sensors that they’ve used previously. This hardware reuse allows them to also reuse the machine learning models crafted for those cameras, which is where most of the Pixel series’ photography magic comes from.
In other files associated with the Google Camera app, we’ve found the first real signal of when this long awaited “Pixel Fold” should arrive. Within the code, there is a reference to “isPixel2022Foldable.” Generally speaking, the Google Camera app will refer to various generations of Pixel phones with these kinds of designations.
For example, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are “isPixel2019” and the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are “isPixel2019MidRange.” This latest “isPixel2022Foldable” naming all but confirms Google has plans for this foldable to launch sometime next year.
This has been the presumed timeline since the announcement of Android 12L, a new release of Android built with enhancements for tablets and foldables. Android 12L isn’t expected to launch until at least March, and it would make a great deal of sense to launch a foldable Pixel on that fold-ready version.
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Kyle is an author and researcher for 9to5Google, with special interests in Made by Google products, Fuchsia, and Stadia.
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Mercantile is now offering genuine iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max in Pakistan – DAWN.com

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Purchasing genuine Apple products is quite a challenge in Pakistan, all thanks to the brand not having an official store in the country.
However for the past three years, Mercantile has been actively serving the Pakistani market after being appointed as Apple’s authorised distributor for Pakistan in 2019.
Headquartered out of Singapore, Mercantile Pacific has formed valuable relationships over the last 2 decades with manufacturers, mobile network operators, distributors, wholesalers and retailers in over 100 countries.
The company has been amongst the leading players in device management and distribution services globally.
Today, Mercantile operates over 500+ retail stores nationwide.
The company is committed to revolutionising the distribution landscape by bringing global expertise and the latest technology to Pakistan.
Recently they have launched the iPhone 13 lineup comprising of iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max in Pakistan.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max introduce the most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone, Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, improved battery life, and the Apple-designed A15 Bionic chip with 5-core GPU.
The new iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max come in four stunning finishes — graphite, gold, silver and the all-new sierra blue which are all available at Mercantile.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini come in five gorgeous colours — pink, blue, midnight, starlight and red.
Mercantile is also offering the latest iPad mini featuring a unique, larger edge-to-edge screen, along with narrow borders and elegantly rounded corners which comes with Apple-designed A15 Bionic chip.
The company is also introducing the all-new iPad having Apple-designed A13 Bionic, 20% faster GPU and a battery that lasts the entire day.
To shop from Mercantile, visit their website.
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Samsung Malaysia offering Galaxy Z Series Bundle Promotion until the end of 2021 – TechNave

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It seems that Samsung Malaysia is never out of promotions. In conjunction with the year-end sales, the company is offering a bundle promotion sale for the Samsung Galaxy Z series starting from today onwards until 31 December 2021. 
In this short news, if you’re planning to get the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, you will be entitled to bring home a Galaxy Z Fold 3 Flip Cover with an S-Pen. As for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, you can get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 wireless earbuds just like that. It’s that simple, folks.  
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The bundle promotion is only eligible at participating outlets so do check your local listings. To redeem your gifts of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 Flip Cover with Pen or the Galaxy Buds 2, you can do so immediately upon purchasing either one of the Galaxy Z Series models. 
To learn more about the campaign page, you can visit the official website here. Stay tuned for more local tech gadget deals news at TechNave.com. 
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As of 22 September 2021, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G  are now officially launched in Malaysia! At the starting price of RM6699 and RM3999, the foldable phones have ushered in a new era of becoming accessible and mainstream to the market. But if you haven’t got yourself one yet, here are some reasons why you totally should. 
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