Samsung’s recent foldable, the Z Flip 3, is more hamburger than hotdog.
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Google appears to be internally testing a second foldable Pixel smartphone, according to 9to5Google’s Source. The device is said to be under development with the codename “jumbojack”, that’s referenced in a future version of Android 12 which 9to5Google identifies as “Android 12.1”. This is the latest foldable codename we’ve heard about at Google, following reports of another device called “Passport”.
Not much is known about what form Jumbojack could take, but 9to5Google has a couple of key details. It seems to have two screens, with one that deactivates when the device is folded. That suggests we’re looking at a similar design to Samsung’s foldables, which combines a small external screen with a large internal folding display. There’s no word on screen sizes or internal specs.
However, interestingly, there’s speculations that the Jumbojack codename could be a reference to Jack in the Box’s Jumbo Jack cheeseburger, an implication that the phone will folder “Hamburger style” like a Z Flip opposed to “Hotdog Style” like a Z Fold. But much like the foodstuff, that speculation is best taken with a grain of salt.
Unlike Passport, which is reliable leaker Evan Blass reported a few weeks back is still scheduled to launch before the end of the year, there’s no indication about when or even if Jumbojack will see a commercial release. There’s a possibility it might just be an internal prototype, designed to help build foldable functionality like improved multitasking into Android itself.
Regardless, it’s existence suggests Google is more serious about foldable that it initially appeared as a company gears up to produce its first true flagship competitor with the Pixel 6. If you enjoy reaching our tech news and business updates, make sure you follow Eightpoint Technologies on Linked, Facebook & Instagram