Google Pixel Fold – A new competitor in the folding phone battles could make its debut in 2023.
Google may be developing a foldable device.
Although Google hasn’t provided any specific information on what it has in mind for the new form factor that may coexist with the Pixel 7, we have a suspicion that it has something in mind.
A few significant details have emerged, but there are few of them and some of them are contradictory.
It becomes more and more obvious that the Pixel Fold, if that’s what it will be named, is still in the far future.
But do not fret.
The foldable Google device has been in development for a while.
In 2019, the business told CNET for the first time that it was testing with the form factor, but Google decided against releasing its own gadget at the moment.
In 2020, a Google-made foldable device with the codename “passport” was discovered in an internal Android document.
Since then, rumours have been circulating, especially since the introduction of Android 12L and the announcement of a new “Jumbojack” codename.
Google Pixel Fold: Name, Appearance, and Feel
While we frequently refer to the gadget as “Pixel Fold” for consistency’s sake, the term has not yet been officially adopted.
According to a 9to5Google story, Google may seek to rename its foldable Pixel Notepad in order to set itself apart from Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold branding.
Given the proximity to Samsung’s other renowned (but no longer produced) series, the Galaxy Note, it would be ironic enough.
For what it’s worth, the name “Logbook” was also under consideration.
Until there is a formal rejection or confirmation, we will refer to it as Pixel Fold since that is the easiest to say out of these.
Given that this is a Google product, it is not surprising that leaks started to circulate before we even considered the Fold’s retail release.
Our first look was provided by an animation that was discovered in Android 12L and showed what appeared to be the Google foldable but was actually just a generic folding phone.
For what it’s worth, numerous reports concur that the Pixel device will mimic Samsung’s design with the Galaxy Z Fold series, with a big outside screen that resembles a smartphone and an inside display that resembles a tablet.
It’s unclear if this description applies to both the “Jumbojack” and “passport” code names that are circulating, or even if those are two separate devices that will be made available concurrently.
The codes might represent two distinct prototypes or generations of prototypes, for all we know.
To be honest, there isn’t much of a surprise in the main lesson here.
This is how you would picture a Pixel Fold to seem, especially in a world without the Pixel 7.
with a sleek camera bar, a glass rear panel, and a front display hole punch camera in the centre.
The absence of an edge-to-edge camera bar is really the only noticeable difference between these shots of the Pixel Fold and those of the Pixel 7 Ultra.
Instead, this variant resembles a sizable camera hump and runs along the back of the phone without joining the corners.
You have the sizable screen you would anticipate from a foldable when you open it up.
However, those who have used the Galaxy Z Fold 4 may be dissatisfied because these bezels are substantially bigger than those found on Samsung’s folding phones.
One advantage of this design is that it eliminates the requirement for a hole punch camera or for under-display cameras, which result in permanent screen distortion.
However, maintaining bezels gives the Pixel Fold a much more vintage appearance, making it look much less futuristic.
At this point, we demand more from our folding phones, and Samsung is on target to produce its fifth-generation foldable in less than a year.
Finally, rather having an optical sensor placed into the front screen, it’s probable that a side-mounted fingerprint sensor will be integrated into the power button.
The problem with relying on a sensor built into a single display in a foldable device is obvious: what if the device is already open?
Even while many Pixel enthusiasts regret having a rear-mounted sensor, this shift might be a step in the right direction.
You’re in luck if one leak isn’t enough to persuade you of Google’s foldable design tenets.
In advance of the Pixel Fold’s anticipated 2023 release, Onleaks, one of the internet’s most reputable sources for early phone information, provided updated animations of the device.
With the exception of the little left-size bezel next to the front display and the bar-shaped camera hump, these renders are remarkably similar to what Prosser revealed.
Apart from a few minor variations in how the phone is displayed (a glossier finish, a more visible selfie camera), it appears that these pictures give us a reasonable notion of what to anticipate.
Details and camera for the Google Pixel Fold
Early spec leaks have started to surface online more than a year after we first learned about the Pixel Fold.
Kuba Wojciechowski, a developer and leaker, was able to determine the exact dimensions of the Fold’s display, which measures 123 148mm and has a resolution of 1840 2208.
Impressive work for a panel that size (7.58″).
The display will also have a high refresh rate, however it’s not clear whether that entails 90Hz or 120Hz.
Expect a peak rating of 1,200 nits and an average brightness rating of 800 nits.
Software for Google Pixel Fold
We had long assumed that Google would make the most of the Pixel Fold to highlight the tablet-focused Android 12L, but that hasn’t happened.
Instead, since Android 13 is Google’s most recent OS update, the Pixel Fold will undoubtedly run it.
Google Pixel Fold release and cost information
It’s difficult to pinpoint a precise release date for the Pixel Fold.
Look again at that “isPixel2022Foldabl” line from the Google Camera app for signs of a 2022 release, but at this point in the year, it’s clear that it won’t hit shops in time for the holidays.
The most recent rumour is that a 2023 window is finally going to happen, and it comes directly from a New York Times report.