As foldable phones continue to grow in popularity, it’s only a matter of time before Google launches its long-awaited Pixel foldable. Early leaks and rumors suggest that Google’s first foldable will be a compelling, competitive device, especially if it manages to hit a reasonable price. Here’s everything we know about the Pixel Fold so far.
Note: Updated with more recent information and new photos.
After several years of incorrect release dates, it seems that the Pixel Fold is finally slated for 2023. Recent leaks from Android Authority suggest that a Pixel Fold launch is imminent—if these leaks are true, we expect a Pixel Fold reveal during Google’s I/O conference this May. (A launch date could come a few months later, unfortunately)
To be clear, we’re 100% sure that Google is working on a foldable device. Google has also included several Pixel foldable codenames in its latest Android beta releases, including “Notepad” and “Passport.” We’ve also seen a few leaked renders of the Pixel Fold, which are verified by multiple sources and an official-looking dummy model.
These newer Pixel Fold renders look a bit different from what we saw in the past. So, either Google has scrapped multiple iterations of Pixel Fold, or those old renders were simply fake. Let’s hope that the new renders we’ve seen are accurate.
While we don’t know anything about the Pixel Fold’s pricing, it will probably compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 4, a $1,800 device that regularly goes on sale for about $1,600. (Google could aim for a more reasonable price, though, as that was its strategy with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 flagships.)
The Pixel Fold should look very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as there are only so many ways you can design a foldable phone. (That said, if you’re hoping for a brochure-styled phone, don’t hold your breath.)
A leak from Front Page Tech states that the Pixel Fold will use a 7.68-inch internal display (with a hole punch camera in the bezel), plus a 5.79-inch cover display. When in tablet mode, the phone measures roughly 158.7 x 139.7 x 5.7mm.
These dimensions are roughly identical to that of the Galaxy Z Fold 4, though the Pixel Fold is about 9mm wider than Samsung’s phone (possibly due to thick bezels). Additionally, the Pixel Fold has a fairly large horizontal camera bump. The area around this camera is about 8.33mm thick, meaning that it sticks out a bit further than the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s camera hump.
And, like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold, the Pixel Fold appears to use a side-mounted fingerprint reader. It may seem like a step back from the Pixel 7’s under-display sensor, but it will allow you to unlock the phone whether you’re using the cover screen or the internal screen.
These leaks are corroborated by dummy models of the Pixel Fold, which are utilized by manufacturers when creating phone cases and other accessories. Dave2D was the first to show off one of these dummy models in a very detailed YouTube video, which you can watch above.
One of Dave2D’s concerns about this phone is the hinge design. The Pixel Fold is expected to use a multi-axis hinge, which has a very small airgap when closed. The only drawback of this design is that it leaves a more noticeable screen crease, which is why Samsung uses a different style of hinge.
Leaks indicate that the Pixel Fold will use a Tensor 2 chipset, which is designed in-house by Google. This is the same chipset that Google uses in the Pixel 7, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your perspective.
On the one hand, Tensor 2 is fairly powerful and enables some awesome AI features, including Live Translate. But by the time Google launches the Pixel Fold, the Tensor 2 will be about a year old. (And if the Pixel Fold launches alongside the Pixel 8, some people will complain that this foldable lacks a Tensor 3 chipset!)
I should note that previous leaks point to a first-generation Tensor in the Pixel Fold. And while Google usually uses feline codenames for its Tensor 2 devices (such as “Cheetah”), the Pixel Fold goes by an avian codename—“Pipit.” But this discrepancy may be due to a rocky development cycle. As we mentioned earlier, it seems that Google has scrapped multiple versions of the Pixel Fold.
Most foldable phones have disappointing cameras. It’s just a fact of life—and yes, even the Galaxy Fold 4’s cameras fall short of what you get in a traditional phone. But Google could flip the narrative with its Pixel Fold.
When our friends at 9to5Google went datamining in the Google Camera app, they discovered the Pixel Fold’s camera specs. If these specs are accurate, then the Pixel Fold will feature the same 12.2MP main sensor that Google used in its Pixel 3, Pixel 4, and Pixel 5 handsets. It should also offer an ultra-wide and telephoto lens.
If the Pixel Fold uses this 12.2MP sensor, it should take photos at a quality that’s comparable to the Pixel 5, which shoots amazing pictures. And that means it will offer the best camera quality of any foldable device.
A more recent leak suggests that Google will use a 50MP main camera in the Pixel Fold. This 50MP camera was introduced with the Pixel 6, and it offers improved low-light performance when compared to the older 12.2MP sensor. That said, Google could opt for the older sensor to keep prices reasonable.
As for selfie cameras, it appears that Google will use a hole-punch lens on the cover screen and inner bezel. This is different from Samsung’s tactic of placing a camera under its foldable screen, which I appreciate, as Samsung’s under-display camera kinda sucks.
Again, we think that Google will announce the Pixel Fold during its I/O conference this summer. The phone could launch a few months later alongside a Pixel 8 smartphone. But until the company comes out and announces something, all we have are leaks and rumors.
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