The Pixel Fold takes a trip to Geekbench with a Google Tensor SoC and 12 GB of RAM under its Google Pipit codename
Rumours about Google's first foldable smartphone have taken another turn. Throughout last year, outlets discovered references to 'Passport', apparently a foldable smartphone that appeared alongside codenames that went onto be the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. For reference, Google codenamed these devices 'Barbet', 'Oriole' and 'Raven', respectively.
However, 9to5Google discovered in November that Google had replaced 'Passport' with 'Pipit'. Less than two weeks later, Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants, citing supply chain sources, claimed that Google would not be releasing the Pixel Fold during the first half of 2022. By contrast, Jon Prosser asserted the opposite, insisting that the 'Google Pixel Fold device was...not actually cancelled'.
With that in mind, two listings for 'Google Pipit' have appeared on the Geekbench Browser. Geekbench listings are simple to fake, as XDA Developers explained in 2019. Max Weinbach has determined that the build's fingerprint is authentic, reproduced below:
pipit-userdebug 12 SD2A.211125.001.S1 eng.fonger.20211213.180420 dev-keys
Incidentally, Google has not published any SD2A builds for Pixel smartphones. Instead, the Pixel 6 series is up to SD1A; other Pixels remain on SQ1A. Also, the processor information identifier in each listing, ARM implementer 65 architecture 8 variant 1 part 3396 revision 0, matches the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro's, the first devices with the Google Tensor SoC. The Google Pipit has 12 GB of RAM as well, matching the Pixel 6 Pro.
There is no guarantee that 'Pipit' will make it to market, either. If it does, we would expect Google to reveal it alongside the Pixel Watch, which has already leaked extensively. A precise release date for Google first's smartwatch remains unknown at this stage, too.
Geekbench via Mysmartprice & @MaxWinebach, Waqar Khan - Image credit