Google’s first foldable smartphone has been floating around the rumor mill for quite some time, with more than one name. However, according to a new leak today, it will be called the Pixel Fold.
It’s apparently still in the works, currently one of “Google’s most mysterious projects ever,” and it’s supposedly launching alongside the Pixel tablet next May. We presume it will be unveiled at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, since it always takes place in May. There will be two color versions, which Google calls Chalk (aka white) and Obsidian (aka black). Colorways, recreated based on 3D renderings and “something else”, but this time without specs.
The unnamed source that made this report possible does claim that the Pixel Fold will have “usual Pixel-like performance” and the Pixel flagship camera. One source did stress that the device is pretty heavy, but didn’t go on to answer the all-important “compared to what?” question.
The price of the Pixel Fold has also been announced: $1, 799. That’s exactly what the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will cost when it launches in the US in August, and we mention this because it’s going to be the Pixel Fold’s main competitor for the foreseeable future. That said, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is sure to be heavily discounted when Google’s foldable phone finally hits the market, so it remains to be seen whether the Pixel Fold will have enough points of differentiation to entice people to itself.
The Pixel Fold’s “camera bar” isn’t as wide as the camera bar in the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro because it doesn’t extend all the way to the edge. It’s still solid enough, though, and somehow makes this phone instantly recognizable as a Pixel. There are two 9.5 MP selfie cameras, one inside a hole in the outer screen and the other to the right of the inner screen’s oddly large top bezel.
The power button has a fingerprint reader embedded in it, and there are two speakers – one on the top and one on the bottom. That’s all this leak reveals, but we’d naturally expect the Pixel Fold to be powered by the Tensor chipset.