After numerous rumors and disclosures, Google has confirmed the existence of its forthcoming foldable device, the Pixel Fold. On Star Wars Day, Google published a brief teaser video on its social media channels, highlighting the device’s design, hinge mechanism, inner display, and underlying software. In each social media post, Google also alluded to an announcement on May 10, which is the first day of Google’s annual I/O 2023 developer conference. In addition to the Pixel Fold, Google will announce the Pixel 7a, the successor to the Pixel 6a, and the Pixel Tablet at the upcoming event.
The video teaser is quite brief, but unlike most teasers, it shows the Pixel Fold in its totality, including its design, hinge, screen, and software. The video begins by displaying what appears to be a bulky camera module with three cameras and an LED strobe unit, along with a “mysterious” grille whose function has not been confirmed. The view then shifts to the hinge, which appears to fold the two halves together without visible separation.
A view of the inner display and software layout follows. Evident is the relatively thick bezel, a detail that the Galaxy Z Fold’s predecessors addressed. Google may have considered broader bezels with a phone-to-tablet form factor, as this generally makes tablets simpler to wield. In addition, space is required for the inner facial camera, which has been revealed in recent disclosures, to be located in the upper right quadrant.
In terms of software, the architecture closely resembles a standard Android 13 home screen. Therefore, we must wait and see what optimizations Google has implemented for its first foldable Pixel device.
And finally, we see the outer display, which has its Always on Display feature enabled, so we cannot determine its bezel. Evidently, the Pixel Fold’s form factor is more similar to that of the Oppo Find N2, which is shorter and wider when folded than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s narrow and tall design.
According to a recent report, the device will be propelled by Google’s Tensor G2 SoC, which currently powers the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones. It is anticipated to have a 5.8-inch OLED outer display (1,080 x 2,092 pixels) with a 17.4:9 aspect ratio and a 7.6-inch OLED interior display (1,840 x 2,208 pixels) with a 6:5 aspect ratio. The foldable device reportedly includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 10.8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 10.8-megapixel telephoto camera with 5x optical magnification. It is likely to feature a facial camera with 9.5 megapixels in the outer display and an 8-megapixel camera above the interior display.
Images of the Google Pixel Fold leaked online depict a hinge with a virtually gapless design.
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