Google’s inaugural foray into the world of folding phones, the Google Pixel Fold, failed to capture the same enthusiasm as its competitors like Samsung or OnePlus. Consequently, Google is contemplating rebranding its next foldable device to potentially reshape public perception of the product line.

According to sources at AndroidAuthority, an insider has disclosed that the upcoming foldable handset from Google might shed the “Pixel Fold” moniker in favor of the name Pixel 9 Pro Fold. This change could coincide with the release of the Pixel 9 series, anticipated for October rather than being unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference in May. The I/O event is expected to focus on the introduction of Android 15, following a pattern similar to Apple’s strategy of announcing the next iOS iteration ahead of new iPhone launches.

Should these rumors hold true, the October launch event could feature not just two but four smartphones: the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, Pixel 9 Pro XL, and the Pixel 9 Pro Fold. While the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro XL would continue the lineage of their predecessors, the Pixel 9 Pro is rumored to offer a smaller form factor akin to the Pixel 9 while boasting the enhanced specifications typical of the Pro series. Whether the Pixel 9a will be discontinued or if the A series will persist remains unknown.

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All these devices are anticipated to be powered by the upcoming Tensor G4 SoC. As with any pre-release information, it’s essential to bear in mind that these details may evolve prior to the official launch. Nevertheless, additional details are expected to emerge in the lead-up to the October launch, so stay tuned for updates.


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