The Pixel Fold may not match the Pixel 6 camera, and that’s okay

We’ve been hearing rumors about a ‘Pixel Fold’ for years now, but the leaks have been on the rise lately, suggesting that Google may finally be ready to reveal it early next year. But if the latest leaks turn out to be true, the Pixel Fold may not be as premium a device as many expected, and it may not be that bad.

Last week, 9to5Google reported that the foldable Pixel may not be using the same giant camera sensor on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, instead opting for what appears to be the same old, small sensor on the budget Pixel 5a … as well as on the Pixel 5, 4a 5G, Pixel 4 and Pixel 3. Google has surely taken advantage of that Sony IMX363 sensor a lot.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this leak. At first glance, it’s a shame. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro proved that Google was Finally take hardware seriously. Google used one of the best camera sensors on the market, the massive Samsung GN1, for its main camera, immediately catapulting its imaging hardware to match some of the best in the business.

Going back to a small standards sensor by 2021 seems like a misstep for a company that has spent the past few months building up its hardware credibility, largely due to the Google Tensor processor.

But after my initial disappointment, I realized that this news could be quite good. It points to an important possibility: a cheap flip phone. Relatively speaking, anyway.

Make the right price

Now obviously I have no way of knowing for sure how much the foldable Pixel will cost, but if the Pixel 6 is something to bet on, I’d bet my bottom dollar that Google is targeting very aggressive pricing.

Priced at $ 599, the smaller Pixel 6 beat out other flagship competition by a substantial margin, likely altering the way phone makers will price their devices in the future. The Pixel 6’s hardware is in many ways comparable to the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S21, but Google’s phone costs $ 200 cheaper than the phones at launch.

Meanwhile, foldable phones have so far been ridiculously expensive, especially the ones that are deployed on tablet-sized devices. The Galaxy Fold 3, the most famous of them, costs $ 1,800. It is only the price that automatically eliminates these types of devices as an option for many people.