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Google Pixel Fold: All it’s essential to know

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The Google Pixel Fold has been rumoured for the previous few years, however it looks as if the wait might quickly be over, with many leakers pointing in direction of a reveal at Google I/O in Could with launch in June. 

We additionally know rather a lot about Google’s long-rumoured foldable, from its normal design to specifics about its chipset, cameras and even battery life. We additionally know the way a lot it may cost, although it’ll be a shock to these hoping for a budget-friendly book-style foldable.

With all that mentioned, right here’s every part there may be to know in regards to the Google Pixel Fold proper now, from launch date and pricing rumours to the newest {hardware} leaks. 

When will the Google Pixel Fold be introduced and launched?

Relating to launch, it’s protected to say that the Google Pixel Fold has been somewhat in all places. The foldable was initially rumoured to make an look someday in 2021 earlier than a delay to 2022. Then, in 2022, we heard that it had been pushed again to 2023.

Fortunately, it appears that evidently Google has lastly ironed out the kinks with the big-screen foldable, with rumours now suggesting that we might be simply weeks away from the massive reveal. 

Preliminary rumours fueled by WinFuture’s dependable Roland Quandt pointed in direction of a doable June 2023 launch alongside the brand new budget-friendly Google Pixel 7a. That was additional backed up by a CNBC report, additionally claiming that the telephone shall be launched in June 2023. 

That’s fairly shut, however newer rumours declare the preliminary reveal might even nearer.

Per Jon Prosser, one other notable leaker within the smartphone area, Google is about to disclose the Pixel Fold at Google I/O on 10 Could 2023 alongside the Pixel 7a. However whereas Prosser claims that the Pixel 7a shall be obtainable to buy proper after the present, you’ll apparently solely be capable to pre-order the Pixel Fold, with an eventual launch scheduled for 27 June 2023

After all, it’s value taking with a pinch of salt, however with the a number of leakers aligning on a June 2023 launch, it’s doubtless we’ll be seeing the Pixel Fold very quickly.   

How a lot will the Google Pixel Fold price?

The enticing pricing of the budget-friendly Pixel 6a and even the flagship Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional may lead you to imagine that Google desires to undercut the foldable competitors with a flagship product that’s somewhat bit extra wallet-friendly than different choices obtainable.

However, if present rumours are to be believed, that couldn’t be farther from the reality. 

In actual fact, the Google Pixel Fold might price simply as a lot as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 at $1,799 within the US at launch in late June if current rumblings from Jon Prosser are to be believed. 

The leaker didn’t point out a lot in the best way of UK pricing, but when Google desires to match Samsung’s big-screen pill it’ll doubtless are available in at round £1,649

In a world the place flip-style foldables at the moment are obtainable for lower than £1000/$1000, it will’ve been good for Google to observe swimsuit with its big-screen foldable, however it clearly appears to assume it may well justify such a excessive price ticket with the foldable expertise on supply. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how Google frames that on the launch occasion, at any time when that is perhaps.  

What to anticipate from the Google Pixel Fold

Design leaks and renders

At this level, it’s protected to say that we’ve acquired an excellent thought about what the Pixel Fold will appear to be – basically a thicker Pixel 7 Professional. That’s as a result of we’ve seen not solely leaked renders however real-world pictures of the rumoured foldable, leaving little or no unknown about its normal design at this level.

In essence, it’ll appear to be a Pixel 7 Professional, although with a slight tweak to its digicam bar design on the rear. The book-style foldable can then be opened to disclose a bigger inside show akin to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, although with a shorter and wider exterior show than Samsung’s possibility. It seems to be extra just like the Oppo Discover N2 or the Honor Magic Vs if renders are appropriate. 

That’s backed up by renders created by the spookily-accurate OnLeaks in collaboration with Howtoisolve, giving us a good suggestion of what to anticipate.

Google Pixel Fold render
Supply: OnLeaks x Howtoisolve

Individually, a plastic dummy of the Pixel Fold was later revealed by YouTuber Dave2D, giving us an thought of how the telephone will look in hand, albeit with out working options. 

If that’s not sufficient, a Reddit person claims to have seen somebody utilizing the Pixel Fold on the New York subway. Whereas the photographs shared on the platform aren’t fairly what we’d name conclusive, merely exhibiting somebody clasping a telephone, although it does appear to be they’re purposely attempting to cover the telephone they’re utilizing. 

Google Pixel Fold leak
Supply: Reddit

The person claims that the telephone has a block-shaped digicam module much like that of the sooner renders and different telephones within the Pixel assortment. 

Extra particularly, CNBC claims that the Pixel Fold shall be moderately weighty at an alleged 283g, making it chunkier than even the 263 Galaxy Z Fold 4. The principle cause? It’s mentioned to be right down to a bolstered hinge mechanism, which ought to give potential patrons added peace of thoughts. Let’s hope it additionally decreases the visibility of the internal show crease!  

It’s additionally mentioned to measure in at 158.7 x 139.7 x 5.7mm when unfolded or 8.3mm when folded when you embrace the protruding metallic digicam bar. It’s additionally mentioned to be obtainable in both black or silver. 


Developer Kuba Wojciechowski claims that the internal show of the Pixel Fold will measure in at 7.6 inches and sport an honest 2208 x 1840 decision. The leaker additionally suggests the potential for a 120Hz refresh price, however he isn’t sure about it proper now. 

Elsewhere, the leaker claims that the show will be capable to hit 1200 nits of peak brightness with a median of 800 nits, which sounds somewhat low in comparison with 2023 flagships just like the Xiaomi 13 Extremely’s peak brightness of 2600 nits, however it ought to nonetheless be usable in brilliant daylight – hopefully, anyway. 

Apparently, the Pixel Fold is alleged to utilize Samsung’s newest M13 foldable show regardless of Samsung preserving its personal next-gen Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 on the marginally older M12 show tech. 

Tensor G2 chipset

For the previous few years, Google has most well-liked to make use of its personal in-house designed Tensor chipset not just for its flagship line, however the budget-friendly A-series too. With that in thoughts, it’s virtually a certainty that the Pixel Fold may even sport a Tensor chip – doubtless the Tensor G2 used within the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional. 

As we famous in our opinions of the telephones, the efficiency isn’t fairly sufficient to beat even the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, not to mention the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 present in 2023 flagships, however it’s nonetheless a lot highly effective, particularly on the subject of AI processing. 

That has seemingly been backed up by current benchmark leaks, detailing the Pixel Fold working a chipset with eight cores and a clock velocity starting from 1.8GHz to 2.8GHz. If that sounds acquainted, it ought to; it’s the identical setup because the Tensor G2 chipset. 

That’s allegedly paired with a Mali G78 GPU and a reasonably respectable 12GB of RAM. A rating of 3257 in Geekbench 5’s multi-core benchmark is fairly respectable if true, narrowly beating the 3203 of the Pixel 7 Professional, however it’s far behind the 4527 of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely and 5136 of the Xiaomi 13 Professional.  


If there’s one factor Pixel telephones are recognized for, it’s the distinctive digicam high quality. There’s a cause why many name the Pixel 7 Professional one of the best telephone for images, and as such, expectations for the Pixel Fold are very excessive. 

There are many rumours in regards to the digicam providing of the upcoming foldable, however it appears leakers can’t fairly agree with each other about how precisely it’ll be specced.

Take Jon Prosser’s Entrance Web page Tech, for instance. A report from the positioning claims that the Pixel Fold will sport the identical 9.5MP cameras on each the outer and internal shows, whereas the rear digicam providing might carefully match that of the Pixel 7 Professional with a 50MP predominant lens, 12MP ultrawide and 48MP telephoto digicam.

That sounds tantalising – particularly for a foldable – however don’t get too excited simply but.

You see, a barely older hearsay claims that the foldable will sport barely lower-res 8MP selfie cameras on the exterior and inside shows, with a single 12MP digicam on the rear. Contemplating competing foldables just like the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Huawei Mate Xs 2 all sport a multi-camera setup, this looks as if an odd transfer. That’s very true when rumours counsel the foldable shall be simply as costly as Samsung’s foldable, so there shouldn’t be any have to drop cameras to make the worth extra aggressive.   

A 3rd supply is a bit more thrilling. Developer and leaker Kua Wojciechowski tweeted in regards to the {hardware} we’re doubtless going to see on the Pixel Fold, together with a 50MP predominant digicam, two unnamed 12MP sensors and a further 8MP lens. 

That every one mentioned, Entrance Web page Tech and Wojciechowski’s claims sound extra doubtless than the usage of a single 12MP lens, even when Google used to desire fewer lenses on its telephones pre-Pixel 6 Professional. It is extremely a lot a flagship gadget, in spite of everything. 

Individually, a snippet of code from the Android 14 developer preview appears to level in direction of the addition of Face Unlock on the Pixel Fold – although solely the exterior digicam. Plainly the inside digicam gained’t have the twin pixel tech wanted for safe facial recognition. 

All-day battery life

Whereas there’s not a lot when it comes to particular numbers, CNBC has seen “inside paperwork and pictures” that counsel the Pixel Fold may have a bigger battery than the 4,400mAh cell discovered throughout the competing Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.

It might match the Oppo Discover N2’s 4,520mAh cell and even 5,000mAh, additional bringing the foldable nearer to typical flagship smartphone specs. 

That ought to hopefully translate to improved battery life, particularly when utilizing that giant inside show, however it’ll additionally depend upon parts like chipset energy effectivity. These leaked paperwork level in direction of 24 hours of use on a single cost or 72 hours in low-power mode, however we’ll see how that interprets in real-world use. 

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