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Google is set to unveil its first-ever foldable phone, the Pixel Fold, at the Google I/O 2023 event next week. While the company has kept the phone’s specs under wraps, a teaser video shows a full-size outer display that opens up similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold devices.
Leaked marketing materials and hands-on videos reveal that the Pixel Fold’s camera bar on the back is similar to other Pixel devices (via The Verge), but it doesn’t stick out prominently. According to CNBC’s report in April, the Pixel Fold will be a 5.8-inch phone that folds out into a 7.6-inch tablet. It is expected to be powered by Google’s Tensor G2 processor and weigh 10 ounces. The device is also rumored to have “the most durable hinge on a foldable” and is expected to be priced over $1,700, which is comparable to Samsung’s latest foldable, the Z Fold 4, which launched with a price tag of $1,799.
The Pixel Fold’s launch was expected last year, but it didn’t make the cut for the 2022 I/O event. However, rumors surrounding the device’s launch have continued to surface over the past year. Google has been focused on teaching Android developers how to make their apps work on foldable devices and larger screens, which may pay off with the launch of the Pixel Fold and the new Pixel Tablet.
Interested parties can sign up for more information on the Pixel Fold via a page on the Google Store, which will reveal more information about the device on May 10th, 2023.
The Pixel Fold’s launch is highly anticipated, especially considering Google’s history of producing quality devices such as Pixel smartphones, Chromebooks, and smart home devices.
The success of the Pixel Fold could have a significant impact on the foldable phone market, which is still in its early stages. The market has been primarily dominated by Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola, with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series leading the way. Google’s entry into the market with the Pixel Fold could shake things up and bring a new level of competition to the foldable phone space.