Earlier today we reported on rumors that the Pixel Fold 2 will come with the Tensor G4 chipset later this year. So the second generation model will not have the current Tensor G3 that powers the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Supposedly, all this information coincides with a codename change, which is equivalent to what happened with the original foldable Pixel and Pixel tablets.
In short, Google publicly confirmed in June 2023 that it had canceled several prototypes of the Pixel Fold before settling on the design currently on the market. For context, Google gave the last Pixel Fold the codename ‘Felix’, but there was evidence of the existence of two codenames before Felix. In short, Google was prototyping ‘Pippit’ before Felix, which itself was a replacement for ‘Passport’, another prototype that Google expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Similarly, Google was originally working to deliver Pixel tablets with the Tensor G1 SoC as ‘Tangor’. However, it eventually changed development to ‘TangoPro’, leading to speculation that there could also be a Pixel Tablet Pro. Until now, it was believed that Google was developing the Pixel Fold 2 as a ‘Comet’, which 9to5Google discovered within the Pixel. Buds App Code in October 2023.
This time Mishal Rehman alleges that, although Google is still betting on Comet, the codename of its chipset has recently changed. Previously, the comet was cataloged with ‘Zuma’, which is the codename for Tensor G3. Now, an unnamed source claims to have seen ‘ZumaPro’ attached to the comet, which Rahman says also applies to Tensor G4. Additionally, this new chipset codename matches up with other upgrades to the original Pixel Fold, including 16GB of RAM, which is still LPDDR5 instead of the faster LPDDR5T and LPDDR5X.
This 4GB RAM increase will reportedly be joined by UFS 4.0 flash storage, which is up from the current Pixel Fold’s UFS 3.1. However, it seems that unlike the global version of the Magic V2, this year’s base model will still come with 256GB of storage. Rahman says the Comet is still an Engineering Validation Test (EVT) unit, an early stage prototype which leads to the assumption that the Pixel Fold 2 won’t be ready until autumn 2024.