Google has announced that it will be launching the Pixel Fold, its first foldable smartphone, at the annual Google I/O event. The teaser video released by Alphabet-owned company showcases a book-like design that bears a close resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy Fold series and the recently-launched Tecno Phantom V 5G. Like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 smartphones, the Pixel Fold features a triple rear camera setup, but not an edge-to-edge visor. The Pixel Fold is expected to feature a 5.8-inch outer display and a 7.6-inch foldable panel, and will reportedly have the most durable hinge on a foldable device. The device is anticipated to be priced at over $1,700, with markets outside of the US yet to be confirmed.
Launch Details and Features
The Pixel Fold is set to launch on May 10 at the Google I/O event. Although Google has not announced which markets the device will be released in, a landing page on the Google Store in the US includes a “Notify Me” button that allows interested parties to receive updates and information about the foldable phone.
Rumors suggest that the Pixel Fold will run on the powerful Google Tensor G2 processor and will feature a book-like design, similar to its Samsung and Tecno counterparts. The Pixel Fold will also reportedly have a 5.8-inch outer display and a 7.6-inch foldable panel.
Comparison to Other Phones
The Pixel Fold is expected to be priced at over $1,700, which is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4’s price point of $1,799 at launch. Google’s latest entry into the foldable smartphone market will compete with other tech giants’ folding devices, including the Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Huawei Mate X2.
Other Pixel Models
In the week leading up to the Pixel Fold’s announcement, Google revealed plans to release a new Pixel smartphone in India. Rumors suggest that the Pixel 7a will feature a 6.1-inch 90Hz display, dual rear cameras, a Tensor G2 SoC, and a battery that lasts an entire day on a single charge.