Google’s Pixel line is now a staple in the android smartphone space, and as we approach 2023, one of the most anticipated releases of the coming year is the Google Pixel Fold.
What is the Pixel Fold, you ask? It’s Google’s long-rumored foldable Pixel phone, and the tech world has been talking ever since the first foldable phones started hitting the market. For the latest on the Pixel Fold, including its potential specs, design, price, and more, here are all the rumors and details you need to know.
Our first real look at the Pixel Fold It came on November 14, when FrontPageTech posted numerous renders of what the final design of the phone would look like. At first glance, it looks like the Galaxy Z Foldable 4 —with a cover screen on the outside and a larger, tablet-like screen when opened. But there are some key design differences to keep in mind.
For starters, the Pixel Fold’s outer display looks considerably wider than the Fold 4’s very narrow one, and appears to be much more similar to a “normal” phone’s aspect ratio. When the Pixel Fold opens, you see a much larger screen inside that’s set to a horizontal landscape orientation. It’s quite a different setup compared to the Z Fold 4, and if anything, it should be very near oppo find n in terms of its form factor.
There are a few other important design details to highlight. FrontPageTech’s source for the Pixel Fold claims the phone is “really heavy,” suggesting the phone is made of glass and metal for a premium feel.
What else do we have? There are speaker grills on the top and bottom bezels, a Pixel 7 Pro-like camera bar on the back, two color options (Chalk and Obsidian), and a power button that reportedly doubles as a sensor. of fingerprints on the screen.
Shifting gears to the Pixel Fold’s spec sheet, things get a bit murkier. Powering the phone is most likely one of Google’s in-house Tensor chips, presumably the Tensor G2 chipset found in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. A January Geekbench test suggested that the Pixel Fold could have 12GB of RAM, and it’s safe to assume we can expect (at least) 128GB of storage.
The Z Fold 4 and the Google foldable will have similarly sized foldable displays, but the Google Cover display will be a bit smaller at 5.8″. This should mean it will have a wider aspect ratio than the Samsung 6.19″ Double 4. Hear more at our conference next week.
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 2, 2022
In May, display analyst Ross Young reported that the Pixel Fold will have a 5.8-inch clamshell display and that it will “have a wider aspect ratio than the 6.19-inch Samsung Fold 4,” which is clearly visible. in FrontPageTech renders. As for the inner screen, Ross tweeted in November that the Pixel Fold will have a 7.57-inch screen inside. That internal display is also expected to be an OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate.
One Pixel Fold spec that remains highly uncertain is battery capacity. Battery life has never been a strong point for the Pixels, nor are many foldables known for their good stamina. It’s certainly possible that Google could find a way to build the Pixel Fold with excellent battery life, but from the outside, the odds aren’t in your favor.
While the Pixels may not be known for good battery life, are synonymous with exceptional cameras, and the Google Pixel Fold should be no different. FrontPageTech’s source says the Pixel Fold will have a “Pixel flagship camera” system, and other leaks back it up.
According to the code, the camera configuration is as follows: back of the phone: IMX787 main, S5K3J1 tele, IMX386 ultrawide. The internal camera is an IMX355 from the Pixel 6 and the external sensor on the front is another S5K3J1. This is a pretty complete setup, suitable for a premium device.
–Kuba Wojciechowski⚡ (@Za_Raczke) September 8, 2022
Android researcher Kuba Wojciechowski found code in an Android 13 beta that suggests the Pixel Fold will have a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor for the main camera on the back, a 10MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultrawide camera. Zoom capabilities will likely be a step below the 48MP telephoto camera on the pixel 7 probut that’s to be expected with the foldable design.
Along with the three cameras on the back, FrontPageTech reports that the Google Pixel Fold will have two additional 9.5MP cameras: one in the hole-punch cutout on the outer display, and one in the top bezel above the inner display.
The Pixel Fold will most likely ship with android 13 out of the box with the same Google customizations seen on other pixels. This means compatibility with the Material You theme, the usual list of Tensor-powered AI tricks (like magic eraser), and at least three years of future updates.
Given the larger size of the Pixel Fold’s internal screen, we can expect some fold-specific software tweaks as well. Google added numerous tablet/foldable optimizations with Android 12L and Android 13, including improved multitasking, an app dock at the bottom of the screen, and redesigned apps that take advantage of the extra screen real estate.
Foldable phones have never been known for their affordable prices, and this should be true of the Pixel Fold as well. According to FrontPageTech, the Google Pixel Fold will be available for $1,799, exactly the same price as the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
It’s reassuring to know that the Pixel Fold won’t be more expensive than Samsung’s phone, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be competitively priced as its predecessor. pixel 7 and 7 Pro brothers.
What about the release date? It was initially believed that the Pixel Fold could launch in Q4 2022, but that no longer seems to be the case. Now, the phone is expected to hit stores in May 2023. Assuming the May time frame is accurate, we can expect Google to unveil the Pixel Fold during its annual I/O conference that same month.