As we approach Google I/O next month, we’re starting to hear more and more rumors about Google’s upcoming Pixel devices, including a new name for its foldable. Instead of the Pixel Fold 2, it’s going to be called the Pixel 9 Pro Fold, at least according to Android Authority’s latest report.

This new name actually makes a whole lot of sense. As of late, we’ve been hearing that Google is aiming to release the Fold in the fall this time around, instead of the Summer. This is because Google will release a new chipset in the Fall with the Pixel 9, as they do every year. And after many paid $1,700 for a Pixel Fold last year, only for it to get upstaged with the new Tensor G3 a few months later, it left a bad taste in a lot of mouths. Releasing it in the fall is a good idea.

So, with that being said, moving the Fold into the Pixel 9 family also makes a lot of sense. Keeping it all under the same nomenclature is going to make things easier for consumers. And that should also mean the Fold will be treated like a proper flagship phone, something that the original Pixel Fold wasn’t afforded. Pixel Fold was sort of a red-headed step-child in the Pixel lineup last year. It was high-end, but in some areas, not relatively as high-end as the Pixel 7 or Pixel 8 series. That looks to be changing this time around, however.

This is the fourth Pixel 9 model launching this fall

Android Authority is also claiming that this is the fourth Pixel 9 model that will launch this fall. Pixel 9 is codenamed “tokay”, Pixel 9 Pro is codenamed “caiman”, Pixel 9 Pro XL is codenamed “komodo” and the Pixel 9 Pro Fold is “comet”.

The report also notes that Google had been referring to “comet” as the “Pixel Fold 2” until very recently. It’s likely that the marketing team got together and thought this name would fit better with the new release schedule. But it is also worth noting that this might not be the final name either.

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