The Google Pixel Fold may share the same 120 Hz OLED display as the Galaxy Z Fold3 but with a 'multi-axis hinge mechanism'
LetsGoDigital has discovered a new patent filed by Google for a foldable smartphone. Rumours about a Pixel Fold have circulated for a while, with Android 12 Beta 1 revealing its codename as 'Passport'. Subsequent beta releases have pointed to Passport and the Pixel 6 series using Google's Tensor SoC, too.
According to the website, Google has patented a 'multi-axis hinge mechanism', shown in the image below. Unfortunately, the patent does not reveal if the design presented is the one that Google plans to bring to market soon. However, LetsGoDigital notes that the patented design matches the dimensions of the Galaxy Z Fold3, a foldable smartphone with a 7.6-inch display.
Additionally, The Elec reported in July that Google had sourced 7.6-inch foldable panels from Samsung Display. Moreover, @DSCCRoss claims that the Pixel Fold will utilise an LTPO OLED panel, mirroring the Galaxy Z Fold3. Hence, it seems likely that the Pixel Fold and Galaxy Z Fold3 will feature identical 120 Hz inner displays.
Reportedly, Google will unveil its first foldable smartphone alongside the Pixel 6 series. Based on recent leaks, Google will launch the latter around October 19 and will start shipping units roughly a week later. This release date may not apply to the Pixel Fold, although @DSCC expects Google to release the handset in Q4 2021.