Google Pixel Fold — everything we know so far


Whereas the Google Pixel Fold has long been rumored, the news tidbit front has recently been a bit quiet, with no genuine hint of a folding phone from Google on the way. Google’s efforts to make Android compatible with foldable phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Some argue that the search giant doesn’t need to create its own folding phone.

However, from Google’s standpoint, an imagined version of a foldable smartphone remains a tantalizing potential. With that in mind, here’s what we know so far about the Google Pixel Fold and Google’s foldable plan.

Google Pixel Fold price

No particular statistics have been released, 9to5Google indicates that the Pixel Fold price could be less than the Galaxy Z Fold line namely about $1,400, which would be a nice change.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is now the most expensive foldable, costing $1,799. At $999 and $1,399, respectively, flip phones like the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Motorola Razr 5G are a little more inexpensive and affordable being a relative term in this case.

Could the Pixel Fold follow suit? The Galaxy Z Fold 3 costs $200 less than its predecessor, so Google will undoubtedly want to compete with or undercut Samsung’s current products.

Could the Pixel Fold follow the same path? The Galaxy Z Fold 3 costs $200 less than its previous model, so Google will probably want to compete with or undercut Samsung’s current products.

Google Pixel Fold rumored release date

The Google Pixel Fold’s release date has long been a source of debate, with nothing that has a genuine sniff of authenticity.

However, according to to display expert and trusted tipster Ross Young, the Pixel Fold could be available in the first quarter of 2023, based on his prediction of panel shipping and production. This seems like a reasonable prediction to us, though we haven’t put any money into it yet. Hopefully, we’ll see the Pixel Fold before the summer arrives next year.

Google Pixel Fold specs and cameras

The previous Pixel smartphones have been among the greatest camera phones, we’d assume any Pixel Fold to follow suit and place a focus on photography.

This does not necessarily indicate a large number of lenses on the Pixel Fold. Before to the Pixel 6 Pro, Google had traditionally avoided including additional cameras – the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G only had the main lens, an ultrawide shooter, and a front-facing camera. Google might add more cameras to the Pixel Fold depending on its design, but the firm appears to prefer a less-is-more strategy, instead focusing on providing the finest post-processing software for taking better photographs.

According to data revealed in the Google Camera app, one rumor stated that the Pixel Fold might include a single 12MP back camera and two front-facing 8MP cameras. Given that the rival Galaxy Z Fold 3 has three back cameras, the single 12MP sensor is disappointing.

However, Google’s algorithms could be able to assure that the Pixel Fold takes the greatest images of any foldable.

It’s unclear how those two front-facing cameras are organized. The obvious solution would be to have one on the outside with an exterior display and one inside with the main unfolded display. However, if the Pixel Fold simply has a single display, the two cameras might function as a main/ultrawide pair.

Kuba Wojciechowski, a leaker, and developer, recently tweeted about the expected camera hardware on the Pixel Fold. This features a 50MP main camera, two 12MP sensors, and an 8MP sensor.

Chinese source According to Digital Chat Station on Weibo, the Pixel Fold’s internal screen will not have a notch. When translated into English, this rumor might suggest one of two things: there will be no camera when the phone is opened, or there will be a tiny camera on the phone’s bezel. This rumor makes no mention of the camera’s specifications.

It would seem natural for Google to use its own in-house designed Tensor chip to power the Pixel Fold.

The chipset, which is used in the latest Pixel phones, does not outperform the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but is still rather powerful. It’s also smart and enables a lot of cool features in existing Pixels, so including it in the Pixel Fold and potentially allowing the phone to respond to a user’s demands makes it logical.
Recent purported benchmarks appear to show the Pixel Fold running a chipset with eight cores and a clock speed ranging from 1.8GHz to 2.8GHz, which is the same as the Tensor chip.

Google Pixel Fold design

The animations present in Android 12L provide us with the best sense of how the Pixel Fold might look. This foldable and tablet-focused version of Android features abstract images of a foldable phone, possibly based on the Pixel Fold. If that’s the case, we’ll get a book-fold device with a full exterior display in addition to the large inner display. The device’s design isn’t as tall and slim as something like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, instead resembling the squarer Oppo Find N.

According to one report, the Pixel Fold may offer a new approach to eliminate the notch. According to the rumor, the camera might be placed on the phone’s bezel, or it could be removed entirely when the phone is opened. This rumor appears to be true. Google’s most recent designs depict an in-bezel camera rather than a notch or pinhole. This suggests that the Pixel Fold may forego the under-display camera in order to have as minimal bezel as possible.

Any more information about Google’s design intentions for the Pixel Fold comes primarily from the company’s several patent filings for foldable smartphones. One such patent depicts a device that opens on a hinge to reveal a bigger screen, with the option of sliding out an additional display for extra screen real estate. Another patent reveals a foldable that can fold in three places.

Google Pixel Fold software

Android 12 includes improved software support for folding phones running Google’s operating system, which will almost definitely be at the heart of the Pixel Fold; we suspect Google will create a unique folding phone OS. Google, after all, has collaborated extensively with Samsung to optimize its own programs for foldable screens. Google’s interest in producing a Pixel Fold is most likely explained by the opportunity to add more foldable-friendly features to Android and then optimize them on a Google-built phone.

This is where Android 12L comes into play. This upgrade, the development of Android 12, adds features focused on foldable phones to Google’s software. Expect smartphones running Android 12L to have an interface that makes better use of a large amount of screen real estate available. There will also be support for extra multitasking features such as multi-window and a taskbar.

Google could be testing how the Pixel Fold’s UX would work with Android 13. Switching between two different DPIs allows you to have two separate home screens that you can configure separately from one another, as discovered in the first Developer Preview. This is how the inner and outer displays behave on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series, so it stands to reason that Google is working on native implementation.

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