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Google Pixel Fold vs Google Pixel 7 Professional: Foldable or flagship?

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The Google Pixel Fold is the head of Google’s {hardware} design, providing a foldable design that appears to knock the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 off its perch – however how does it examine to the flagship Google Pixel 7 Professional?

Whereas the Pixel 7 Professional prices half the worth of the upcoming foldable, there are a selection of ways in which the usual candybar telephone outperforms its ultra-premium sibling, not solely by way of digital camera efficiency however probably total battery life too. 

That’s to not say the Pixel Fold isn’t a tempting possibility, nevertheless, with twin shows, cool AI translation tech and Google’s beloved digital camera tuning tech.

Which is finest on your wants will depend upon what you wish to use your telephone for. To make the choice a bit simpler, we’ve damaged down the important thing variations (and similarities) between the Google Pixel Fold and Google Pixel 7 Professional proper right here. 

The Pixel Fold sports activities a foldable design

Okay so let’s get this slightly apparent distinction out of the best way first: whereas the Google Pixel 7 Professional is an ordinary candybar smartphone, the Pixel Fold, because the identify suggests, is a foldable. It’s a book-style foldable in an analogous fashion to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, comprised of a smaller show on the surface and a bigger, boxier foldable show inside.

Extra particularly, the Pixel Fold sports activities a pocket-friendly 5.8-inch panel on its outer shell with key options like a 120Hz refresh price and Gorilla Glass Victus safety, whereas the inside homes a foldable 7.6-inch show. Just like the outer show, it clocks in at a clean 120Hz, although with a a lot boxier 6:5 side ratio. 

Google Pixel Fold render
Google Pixel Fold

It additionally appears prefer it’ll fold utterly flat based mostly on official photos of the foldable, however that’s one thing we’ll have to substantiate as soon as we get a pattern in for a evaluation, as is simply how noticeable that inside crease is.

That’s in comparison with the Pixel 7 Professional’s single (however nonetheless slightly succesful) 6.7-inch OLED show with a 1440p decision delivering crisp visuals and that very same clean 120Hz refresh price because the Pixel Fold. We significantly famous how vivid the Pixel 7 Professional was in on a regular basis use, significantly when watching HDR content material, although it wasn’t fairly as much as the usual of the iPhone 14 Professional. 

The Pixel 7 Professional has extra succesful cameras

The Google Pixel Fold appears to buck the development of foldables transport with not-quite-flagship cameras with its rear providing of a 48MP essential, a ten.2MP ultrawide and a ten.2MP telephoto with 5x optical zoom, coupled with a 9.5MP exterior selfie sensor and an 8MP sensor on that inside foldable show.

That ought to be fairly first rate – particularly when mixed with Google’s AI-powered picture processing tech and picture modifying options like Magic Eraser and Face Unblur – however it could’t fairly compete with the Pixel 7 Professional (on paper, on the very least). 

The back of the Pixel 7 Pro
Pixel 7 Professional. Picture Credit score: Trusted Evaluations

That’s as a result of the Google Pixel 7 Professional sports activities not solely a barely higher-res essential sensor at 50MP, however a a lot greater high quality telephoto lens at 48MP full with OIS and 5x optical zoom, together with a 12MP ultrawide sensor. There’s additionally a ten.8MP front-facing snapper for selfies. 

We love the digital camera efficiency of the Google Pixel 7 Professional, describing it as capable of take “an distinctive image” in our evaluation, complementing the punchy nature, nice picture processing and great color replica. Will the Google Pixel Fold be capable of compete by way of high quality? We’ll have to attend and see. 

Each sport Google’s Tensor G2 chipset

The place each the Pixel Fold and Pixel 7 Professional are aligned is within the processor division, with each sporting the identical flagship chipset developed in-house by Google. It’s dubbed the Tensor G2 chipset, and it’s the identical chipset you’ll discover in all current Google merchandise together with the Pixel Pill and Pixel 7a. 

Whereas we’ve not but benchmarked the foldable, now we have used the Pixel 7 Professional extensively and know its strengths and weaknesses nicely. It’s not probably the most highly effective chipset round, particularly in comparison with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Apple’s A16 Bionic, it does excel within the AI and machine studying departments, permitting Google to do some fairly cool AI-powered stuff.

That features the aforementioned Face Unblur and Magic Eraser picture modifying options, in addition to probably the most correct voice-to-text dictation service we’ve used on any smartphone up to now. The Pixel Fold appears to take that to the subsequent stage, utilizing its twin shows to translate to each audio system in their very own languages in real-time, as a part of an Android 14 replace. 

Elsewhere, each telephones sport 256GB and 512GB storage choices, although the Pixel 7 Professional can also be out there with 128GB at a barely cheaper value. The Pixel Fold additionally ships with 12GB of RAM as normal, whereas the Pixel 7 Professional ranges from 8- to 12GB relying on the storage possibility you go for. 

The Pixel 7 Professional will probably last more on a single cost

Google claims that the 4,821mAh battery of the Pixel Fold ought to final for greater than 24 hours on a single cost, however that’s one thing we’ll must confirm within the coming weeks as soon as the foldable is launched.

Pixel Fold outer display
Google Pixel Fold

Nonetheless, we’ve received a sense that the Pixel 7 Professional will final barely longer than the upcoming Pixel Fold, not solely right down to the actual fact it has a barely bigger 5,000mAh cell than the foldable however the reality it’s solely powering a comparatively small 6.7-inch show in place of a bigger 7.6-inch panel.  

That stated, we’re not too assured about total battery lifetime of both possibility with even the Pixel 7 Professional nearly capable of final a single day and not using a top-up. 30W charging ought to get each charged up pretty rapidly, nevertheless it’s not precisely speedy by 2023 requirements. 

The Pixel Fold is double the worth of the Pixel 7 Professional

Whereas the Pixel 7 Professional is comfortably in flagship territory with a price ticket of £849/$899, it pales compared to the ultra-premium Google Pixel Fold. 

Google’s upcoming foldable has a price ticket of £1,749/$1,799, double the worth of the Pixel 7 Professional and £100/$150 greater than Samsung’s competing Galaxy Z Fold 4 which, till now, was one of many priciest foldables round. In case you are tempted, it’s out there to pre-order on the Google Retailer now forward of launch someday in June. 

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