Show rear camera unit (Image source: Evan Blass)
We can also see the familiar Pixel Home screen
(Image source: Evan Blass)
HINGE AND HOME SCREEN
The hinge on this foldable phone looks nice and thin, so we’re hoping for a thin and light Pixel Fold. Earlier rumors suggested that the hinge of Google’s foldable phone would be more durable than that of Samsung’s equivalent.
We also see the familiar Pixel home screen, with its Material Design theme. According to information we have previously learned from unofficial sources, the external screen size of the device will be a fairly compact 5.8 inches.
The Google IO 2023 event starts on May 10th, and considering how many Pixel Fold leaks we’ve got right now, if the foldable phone wasn’t announced, That would be a surprise — though it probably won’t go on sale until June.
Analysis: A bold leap for Google and with the release of the Google Pixel 8 later this year, Google now clearly feels it has enough experience with the hardware to take the next step, which is actually more of a leap: launching in the series Foldable phones.
Right now, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is leading the pack when it comes to foldable devices, but it’s not that big. Foldable technology remains elusive, with potential buyers still concerned about hinge and screen durability.
The sophistication of the technology also has an effect on the price: the phone is rumored to cost around $1,799 (probably around £1,649 in the UK, around £1,649 in Australia). from AUD 2,300). Google is betting that people will be ready to pay that much for their next phone.
From what we’ve heard so far, this will be a solid piece of mobile hardware with a flexible folding mechanism and some high-end specs. However, we’ll have to wait and see if Google’s foray into the foldable phone space is popular with phone buyers.
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