Google's foldable smartphone could be a lot more affordable than earlier anticipated
Even though Google has remained tight-lipped about it, we know that it is working on its first-ever foldable smartphone called the Pixel Notebook (formerly the Pixel Fold). It will run a Google Tensor SoC like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Information about its other specs are shrouded by mystery, but we have a rough idea about its form factor and such. Now, 9to5Google has heard some interesting new information about the Pixel Fold/Notebook from its sources.
Initially, the Google Pixel Fold/Notebook was slated to cost around US$1,800, but that has now been revised to US$1,400, making it one of the more affordable foldable smartphones out there. Its attractively low price tag, combined with Android 12L and long-term software support, could make it a viable alternative to the more expensive Galaxy Z Fold 3 or its successor, the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Then again, foldable smartphones are slated to be a lot more affordable this year, so Samsung's premium offerings could get a price cut, too.
Availability could continue to remain an issue, though. Google wasn't too keen on launching the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro outside of select markets, and it is unlikely that the Pixel Notebook will fare any better. 9to5Google says that it should ideally hit international shores by the end of 2022. However, the Pixel Notebook will remain exclusive to the United States for a while. Given the market's current situation, it is unlikely that Google will get to manufacture too many Pixel Notebooks in one go, and the U.S. exclusivity period could buy it the time it needs to ensure worldwide availability.