We haven’t heard anything official about the Google Pixel Fold at the launch of the Google Pixel 7, Google Pixel 7 Pro and Google Pixel Watch – but as a new leak shows, there’s clearly a Google-made folding phone coming soon.
the crowd there 91 furniture (opens in new tab) – which are accurate with predictions most of the time – were able to access various specifications of the foldable, including information about the size and shape of the device, as well as some screen and camera details.
The display panels are apparently being ordered from Samsung (as per previous rumors) and will have a resolution of 2208 x 1840. The display offers an average brightness of 800 nits, a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits and a refresh rate that can reach 120. Hz. Meanwhile, the overall dimensions of the unfolded device are 123mm x 148mm.
For cameras, the Pixel Fold has a rear camera consisting of Sony IMX787 main telephoto (64MP), IMX386 (12.2MP) and S5K3J1 telephoto (10MP) lenses. The internal display camera reportedly uses a Sony IMX355 (8MP) sensor, with an S5K3J1 (10MP) sensor on the external display.
Some of these sensor specs have been mentioned before, but as we get closer to the Pixel Fold’s launch, details are starting to come together from a variety of sources – which obviously makes it more likely that they’re really accurate.
Speaking of launch, the foldable phone is expected to make its debut sometime in 2023 (after originally rumored for 2022). As always, pricing will be crucial and somewhere around $1,400 (about £1,255 / AU$2,260) is expected.
Analysis: This foldable comes into focus
We’ve heard that Google has been working on a foldable phone for a long time at this point (although we’re not in Apple Car territory in terms of longevity). Considering the frequency of leaks we’re hearing right now, it looks like a release is looming.
The signs are promising: with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung is now in the fourth iteration of its flagship foldable phone, so it knows what it’s doing in terms of screens. Then there’s the expansion of Google’s Pixel hardware lineup, which demonstrates that the company is serious about increasing the number of devices it has to offer.
While foldable phones are hardly popular right now, they’re slowly becoming a more common sight — and as prices keep dropping as the technology gets cheaper, this trend only goes in one direction. It seems like the right time for Google to get involved and offer Pixel fans a premium tier offer.
Meanwhile, Apple waits in the wings with its own foldable iPhone. It looks like Apple is prepared to take its time when it comes to releasing a foldable phone, perhaps hoping the technology will become even cheaper and even more reliable.