Ever since Samsung released the first Galaxy Fold, rumors and speculation have been rife about a foldable smartphone made by Google. What would it look like? How much would it cost? Is Google really interested in a foldable Pixel?
After months of leaks and reports, we now have our biggest piece of Google Pixel Fold news yet.. On November 14, FrontPageTech released several renders showing the Pixel Fold’s design. And, in short, he looks amazing.
We start with the exterior of the smartphone. The front of the Pixel Fold houses a large outer screen that is noticeably wider than the narrow cover screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The Pixel Fold’s outer screen also has a 9.5-megapixel front-facing camera in a punch-shaped cutout with fairly thin edges throughout the way around. Around the back is a triple camera system with a housing similar to the Google Pixel 7 Pro. Camera specs aren’t confirmed here, but it’s likely to have the same setup as the Pixel 7 Pro — including a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera.
Open the Pixel Fold and we see a large, tablet-like display that appears to be in landscape orientation. There are large bezels at the top and bottom of the inner screen, with the top edge discreetly hiding another 9.5-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls.
Other design details include a USB-C charging port, speaker grills on the top and bottom edges, and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button.
FrontPageTech shows the Pixel Fold in two colors – Charcoal and Pebble – with the Pixel Fold expected to be available at launch. Talking about the launch of Pixel Fold, FrontPageTech suggests that the release date will be in May 2023 (probably during next year’s Google I/O event).
There is another interesting detail in this leak and that is the price. This is reported by FrontPageTech The Google Pixel Fold will be priced at $1,799. That’s a lot of money and significantly more expensive than the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro – but compared to other foldable smartphones, it’s almost average. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 also starts at the same $1,799 price as the Fold 3 did before it. Google won’t do anything groundbreaking at this price, but it should also keep the Pixel Fold nice and competitive with its larger rival.
A real expectation
So what is the big lesson to be learned from all this? Assuming these renders are accurate, the Pixel Fold looks really, really good. It’s basically a Google-ified version of the OPPO Find N, and that’s not a bad thing at all. If Google can deliver a foldable phone with top-notch cameras, plus its usual Pixel features thanks to a Tensor chip, and back it all up with software optimized for big screens with Android 13, we could be in for a treat.
Google has been working to expand the Pixel ecosystem, which by next year will include smartphones, a tablet, a smart watch, connected displays and true wireless headphones. Adding a foldable smartphone will give Google a device in its lineup that even Apple doesn’t offer.