The Pixel Fold may not match the Pixel 6's camera, which is fine
We've been hearing rumors about 'Pixel Fold' for year now, but leaks have surfaced recently, suggesting that Google may finally be ready to unveil early next year. But if the latest leaks turn out to be true, the Pixel Fold may not be as high - end as many expected - and it may not be a bad thing.
Last week, 9to5Google announced that the foldable Pixel may not use the same large camera sensor in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, instead opting for what looks like the same old small sensor in the budget Pixel 5a… as well as the Pixel 5, 4a 5G, Pixel 4 and Pixel 3. Google has certainly taken a lot more miles out of that Sony IMX363 sensor.
I've been thinking about this leak a lot. At first glance, that's a shame. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro showed that Google finally getting bad about hardware. Google used one of the best camera sensors on the market, the big Samsung GN1, for its flagship camera, instantly capturing its imaging hardware to match some of the best in the biz .
To go back to small-by-2021-standards sensor it seems like a wrong step for a company that spent several months building the credibility of its hardware, largely due to a Google processor Tensor.
But after my initial disappointment, I came to realize that this news could be very good. It represents one important opportunity: a cheap folding phone. Pretty much speaking, at least.
Make the right price
Now, of course I have no way of knowing for sure how much the foldable Pixel will cost, but if the Pixel 6 seems like anything to go by, I would bet my base dollar that Google is targeting very aggressive prices.
At $ 599, the smaller Pixel 6 will take away another major competition with a substantial margin, possibly shaking up the way phone makers spend their devices going forward. . The Pixel 6's hardware is in many ways compared to the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S21's, but the Google phone comes in at $ 200 cheaper than those phones did at launch.
At the same time, folded phones have so far become very expensive - especially those that pop into tablet - sized devices. The Galaxy Fold 3, the most famous of these, costs $ 1,800. It is the price alone that automatically eliminates these devices as an option for many people.
The Galaxy Flip Made 3 big steps towards making mobile phones more affordable by bringing the price down to $ 1,000. But after testing the Flip and Fold at the same time, I think it's pretty clear that the previous device is the most interesting and useful tool.
The folding screen is mostly a novelty on the Flip - a cool party trick with occasional benefit to help you part with the usual block of your notifications. But at the end of the day, you're still doing the same phone stuff you've ever done, except on a device with a smaller battery and a less stable screen.
The Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, completely changes the way I think about using my phone. It's mostly a record with a useful style, and I can do some real work on it.
The problem, again, is price.
So if Google can price the phone cheaper by using the same sensor it had from 2018, so be it. With the recent trends and the choice of sensor, I'm sure Google is looking at announcing the foldable Pixel at a much lower price than the Galaxy Fold 3. I'm totally guessing here, but I would be surprised if it was a hundred percent more than $ 1,500, and I expect it to be closer to $ 1,200. If we are lucky, even less.
No need for a large sensor
But will people still want to buy a high-end phone with a wimpy camera sensor in 2021? I'd say it's from Google - and the price isn't also high - the answer is yes.
I'm not sure any other company (except maybe Apple) could get away with that, but Google has been far behind the camera hardware in its competing devices for years. nis. However, its phones are consistently considered to deliver some of the best images on the market, as Google's processing is just sin good.
In a kind of ironic way, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro itself is the best proof of it.
The Pixel 6 Pro may have some of the best cameras on the market, but after testing the phone shortly after the Pixel 5a, two things stood out in particular:
- In most cases, the Pixel 5a's images look very similar to the Pixel 6's.
- The best features in the Pixel 6 were related to the Tensor chip, not the camera hardware itself.
Don’t get me wrong; the Pixel 6 Pro's flexible telephoto lens is excellent, and the camera stretches out its predecessors in every way, especially in very low light or in high resolution shallow depth. If Google could make a Pixel Fold at an affordable price as long as I keep the same hardware in the Pixel 6 Pro, I would be all for it. But for everyday images to mean going on social media, these developments are largely subtle.
In many ways, Pixel 6 camera hardware is kind of flexible; it's like Google tells us “see? We did not need the best sensors to deliver great images, but at least now you are getting value for money. ” For majority situations, the Pixel 6 did not deliver the incredible generation jump that I think many of us were expecting, simply because Google was already pushing the boundaries on the software side.
Instead, it was the Tensor power features like the Magic Eraser and Motion Mode that surprised me. And for the most part it’s a guarantee that the foldable Pixel will use the Google Tensor chip.
Buy a mobile phone that really makes people?
I understand that there is a lot of speculation and guesstimating in this comment article, but with what we saw with the Pixel 6, I have little doubt that Google wants to make the Pixel Fold as embarrassing as buying. Moreover, it is unlike Google to target the ultra-premium price range. As a brand, Google has rarely played in that luxury space like Apple and Samsung do, and has a history of eliminating competitors starting with the old Nexus phones.
Think about it: what would you be more likely to buy? A $ 1,800 Pixel Fold with some of the best camera hardware on the market, or a $ 1,200 Fold Pixel that only takes a small blow in image quality?
I know which one to pick.