release date, specs, price & more

After years of rumors and leaks, it really seems like it Google is preparing to launch its first foldable smartphone. That device is most often referred to as the ‘Pixel Fold’, but we’re still not sure if that will be the final name. In any case, at this point we have enough information to wrap things up and see what to expect when it comes to this device. So, if you are wondering about the Google Pixel Fold, this example will interest you.

However, before we get into it, keep in mind that the Pixel Notepad name was also mentioned. Those are the only two names featured so far, so… chances are one of them will be used. However, based on the latest info, the ‘Pixel Fold’ will probably be final. This is how internal calls are made. That said, let’s see what’s expected from Google’s first-ever foldable smartphone.

This article will be regularly updated with new information about the Google Pixel Fold (this is a preview article) – both official teasers and credible leaks, rumors and insider claims – as it becomes available ahead of the release of the upcoming Android smartphone. The last update was made on November 22 (original publication date).

Google Pixel Fold Preview: Design

Several different Pixel Fold to design has surfaced over the years, but the last may have fallen in November 2022. A number of renderings have been shared, renderings allegedly created from the design of the actual product. These images are from a reliable source, who says he’s “very, very confident” that this is real, so it’s easily possible they’re right. You can view all those images in the gallery below this paragraph.

As you can see, the phone appears to be made of metal and glass and has some rather interesting bezels. The top and bottom of the main camera are noticeably thicker than the side bezels. A display camera hole is centered on the cover display, while there is no camera hole on the internal display. It also apparently won’t have a camera under the screen, but it will have one. It is placed in the border itself, in the upper right corner.

At least two colors will be available

The phone will be made of metal and glass, it is said, and it will come in a number of color options. Based on the information that surfaced at the time of these images, “Chalk” and “Obsidian” models are coming. The phone is said to be quite large overall, there’s a reason why it’s codenamed ‘Passport’. There were reportedly two prototypes, one with the camera on the inside and one without. Google seemingly decided to go for the one with the camera. You will also notice that the physical keys are placed on the right side, and yes, the power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

There are three cameras on the back. The camera layout is very similar in design to that of the Pixel 7 Pro. The camera island protrudes quite a bit at the back, which can be clearly seen here.

Google Pixel Fold Preview: Specs

What about the specifications? Well, the Pixel Fold will almost certainly be powered by the Google Tensor G2 SoC. The same processor that fuels the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro handsets. That is the second generation SoC from Google. The telephone would be used Samsung-made displays, both. The main screen is said to use a 2208 x 1840 resolution, but we still don’t know how big it is. That will be a 120Hz AMOLED panel and the brightness will go up to 1,200 nits. The cover screen is still a mystery. However, both screens will be quite large.

The RAM and storage information didn’t really surface yet. However, if we had to guess, we’d say the device will have at least 8GB of RAM, but 12GB is more likely. We’re probably looking at LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage here. Android 13 will come pre-installed on the device mainly due to the release time frame, more on that later. We’re not sure if it will offer any kind of water and dust resistance, but that’s not too likely. Stereo speakers are included, as well as a mmWave antenna for 5G.

It can use the Pixel 7 Pro’s rear camera setup

What about the cameras? Well, a 9.5 megapixel camera will be used on the front. This applies to both the main display and the cover display. A tipster shared some camera info not long ago, but it looks like that info is a little off so we won’t get into it. However, we’ll try to guess the cameras on the back of the phone. Based on the renders that appeared, there are three cameras on the back. The camera modules have a similar placement to those on the Pixel 7 Pro.

It’s entirely possible that Google is simply using the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera settings on this device. We’re confident that the ISOCELL GN1 camera sensor will be adopted, the same 50-megapixel camera used in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The other two cameras may be different, but they will most likely be very similar or identical to the ones in the Pixel 7 Pro. So we’re most likely looking at a 48-megapixel telephoto camera (5x optical zoom) and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.

Google Pixel Fold preview: pricing and availability

So, when will it launch? Various launch dates have been mentioned over time, but based on the latest information, the Pixel Fold will be official in May 2023. The Pixel Fold is expected to launch alongside another Google product, the Pixel Tablet. The Pixel Tablet was both confirmed and partially shown off by Google, unlike the Pixel Fold. Both devices are tipped to arrive in May, possibly during Google I/O, as the timing works out.

Many of you are probably also wondering about the price. Despite a leak from early 2022 suggesting the device will cost $1,399, That is not correct. Based on the most prominent leak to date, the Pixel Fold will cost $1,799. That’s effectively the same launch price as the Galaxy Z Fold 4. That sounds about right, to be honest, but of course we’ll have to wait and see.

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