Google’s Pixel line is now a staple in the Android smartphone space, and heading into 2023, one of the most anticipated releases of next year is the Google Pixel Fold.
What is the pixel crease you ask? It’s Google’s long-rumored foldable Pixel phone, and it’s had the tech world raving about it since the first foldable phones came out. For the latest Pixel Fold info – including possible specs, design, price and more – here are all the rumors and details you need to know.
Google Pixel Fold theme
Our first real look at the Pixel Fold came on November 14, when FrontPageTech released numerous renders of what the phone’s final design might look like. At first glance, it looks exactly like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 – with a cover display on the outside and a larger tablet-like display when unfolded. However, there are some important design differences to note.
First off, the Pixel Fold’s outer screen looks considerably wider than the Fold 4’s very narrow one, and appears to be much more similar in aspect ratio to a ‘regular’ phone. When the Pixel Fold opens, you’ll see a much larger screen on the inside, set to a horizontal, landscape orientation. It’s quite a different setup compared to the Z Fold 4 and if anything it should be very close to the Oppo Find N in terms of form factor.
There are a few other key design details worth highlighting. FrontPageTech’s source for the Pixel Fold claims that the phone is “really freaking heavy,” suggesting the phone is made of glass and metal for a premium feel.
What do we still have? There are speaker grilles on the top and bottom bezels, a Pixel 7 Pro-esque camera bar on the back, two color options (chalk and obsidian), and a power button that also reportedly doubles as an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
Pixel Fold Specifications
Switching to the Pixel Fold’s spec sheet, things get a little murkier. Powering the phone will most likely be one of Google’s in-house Tensor chips – presumably the Tensor G2 chipset found in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. A January Geekbench test suggested the Pixel Fold could have 12GB of RAM, and it’s safe to assume we can expect (at least) 128GB of storage.
Z Fold 4 and Google Foldable will have similarly sized foldable displays, but the Google Cover display will be slightly smaller at 5.8 inches. This should mean that it has a wider aspect ratio than the Samsung 6.19" Fold 4. Hear more at our conference next week.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 2, 2022
In May, display analyst Ross Young reported that the Pixel Fold will have a 5.8-inch coverage screen and that it will “have a wider aspect ratio than Samsung’s 6.19-inch Fold 4” — something that’s in clearly visible in FrontPageTech’s renderings. As for the inner screen, Ross tweeted in November that the Pixel Fold will have a 7.57-inch display inside. That inner screen is also expected to be an OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate.
One Pixel Fold specification that remains very uncertain is battery capacity. Battery life has never been a Pixels strong suit, nor are many foldable devices known for their good endurance. It’s certainly possible that Google will find a way to build the Pixel Fold with great battery life, but from the outside, the odds aren’t in its favor.
Pixels may not be known for great battery life, but they are are Synonymous with outstanding cameras – and the Google Pixel Fold should be no different. FrontPageTech’s source says the Pixel Fold will have a “pixel flagship camera system,” and other leaks back this up.
According to the code, the camera setup is as follows: Back of the phone: IMX787 Main, S5K3J1 Tele, IMX386 Ultrawide. The inner camera is an IMX355 from the Pixel 6 and the outer sensor on the front is another S5K3J1. This is a fairly comprehensive setup, befitting a premium device.
– Kuba Wojciechowski⚡ (@Za_Raczke) September 8, 2022
Android researcher Kuba Wojciechowski found code in an Android 13 beta that suggests the Pixel Fold will have a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor for the main rear camera, a 10MP telephoto camera, and a 12 MP ultrawide camera. The zoom capabilities will likely be a step down from the Pixel 7 Pro’s 48MP telephoto camera, but that’s to be expected with the foldable design.
In addition to the three cameras on the back, FrontPageTech reports that the Google Pixel Fold will have two additional 9.5-megapixel cameras – one in the punch-hole on the outer screen and another in the top bezel above the inner display.
Pixel Fold software
The Pixel Fold will most likely ship with it Android 13 out of the box with the same Google customizations as on other Pixels. That means Material You design support, the usual list of Tensor-powered AI tricks (like Magic Eraser), and at least three years of future updates.
Given the larger size of the Pixel Fold’s inner screen, we can expect some foldable software tweaks too. Google added numerous tablet/foldable optimizations with Android 12L and Android 13, e.g. Like improved multitasking, an app dock at the bottom of the screen, and redesigned apps that take advantage of the extra screen real estate.
Google Pixel Fold price and release date
Foldable phones have never been known for their affordable prices, and neither should the Pixel Fold. According to FrontPageTech, the Google Pixel Fold will be available for $1,799 – the exact same price as the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
It’s reassuring to hear the Pixel Fold won’t be more expensive than the Samsung handset, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be as competitively priced as its own Pixel 7 and 7 Pro siblings.
What about the release date? It was initially believed that the Pixel Fold could launch in Q4 2022, but that no longer seems to be the case. Now the phone is expected to hit shelves in May 2023. Assuming the May timeframe is correct, we can expect Google to unveil the Pixel Fold during its annual I/O conference later that same month.