The foldable mobile phone market is currently booming but there are only two major players in the field. At the moment, the major brand with foldable phones is Samsung and Huawei. The Elec has now brought out more details about the Google Pixel Fold. Unlike previous reports, Google plans to start mass production of the Pixel Fold. The company will also produce relevant parts in the third quarter of 2023. Therefore, this phone will not be released in the first half of the year. At the earliest, this device will debut in the fourth quarter of this year. This is also the time when the flagship of the Pixel series hit the road.
In terms of design, Google Pixel Fold will continue the “Pixel-style” flagship camera design. The classic “camera bar” will not be as wide as the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Also, the bar will not extend all the way to the edge. In addition, there are three rear cameras including a 64MP (IMX787) main camera, a 10.8MP telephoto camera (S5K3J1), and a 12MP wide-angle camera (IMX386).
In terms of screen, the device will use a 7.57-inch ultra-thin glass foldable inner screen and a 5.78-inch outer screen. These sizes are also slightly different from the previously leaked information. In addition, there are reports that the mobile phone will come with the Tensor G2 chip and the starting price will be $1,799.
Google’s Pixel Fold production plan
The Google Pixel Fold has existed for several years but a few months ago, the first render of this device hit the web. The foldable mobile phone from Google has a production plan that seems a little late. However, it is a positive thing that Google will compete with Samsung in the foldable field. Unlike Google, Samsung began mass production of components for the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 in May 2022. The company started the production of the final product about a month later which is in June 2022. By August 2022, this device was officially released.
The Elec also hints that the Pixel Fold’s screen might not be as good as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4. In addition, there are reports that Google might not use the foldable screen technology that debuted on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This means that the thickness of the Google Pixel Fold will certainly be thicker than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The report also claims that the Pixel Fold is unlikely to support a stylus.
Google Pixel Fold dimension
Over the past few months, there have been several reports regarding this device from Google. Many Apple fans may eventually get this device while they wait for a foldable iPhone. A report from Onleaks and Howtoisolve reveals some renders of the Pixel Fold. According to the news, the device comes with an internal display of approximately 7.69 inches. Furthermore, the report shows that this device will use an external display of about 5.79 inches. In terms of dimension, this device measures 158.7 x 139.7 x 5.7 mm. The thickness of the rear camera bump is 8.3 mm. The rear camera bump adds a lot of mm to its overall thickness.
In addition, there were also reports that the new Google Pixel Fold has two colour options. The colour options are silver and black. The rear camera module on the horizontal bar will remain while there will be a SIM card tray on the bottom edge of the external screen. This device will also come with a USB Type-C charging port on the bottom edge of the other screen, and dual speakers. While there will be no 3.5 mm headphone jack, this device will possibly come with a stylus.
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In terms of price, there are reports that this device will have a 12GB RAM version. This version will have a starting price of $1,799. While this appears to be very expensive, it is expected because it is a foldable mobile phone. Also, this is the same initial price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Also, the device appeared on the Geekbench running score platform, with a single-core score of 1047 and a multi-core score of 3257. It runs Android 13 and GeekBench confirms the 12GB memory. Also, the listing reveals that this device will use the Tensor G2 chip in terms of CPU specs.
Pixel Fold Vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
There are already reports that the Pixel Fold screen may be inferior to that of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. However, in terms of market acceptance, Google may have an edge. The Pixel 6 and 7 series with the new design changed a lot of things for Google. These devices were sold in important markets of the world including Japan, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, India, and many others. Also, with no foldable mobile phone from Apple, some iPhone users may want to try out the foldable mobile phone with Google. So, what can make Google fail to take on the Samsung foldable devices? It’s performance!
However, in terms of chip performance, the Google Pixel Fold will also trail the Samsung Z Fold 4. While the former comes with the Google Tensor G2 chip, the latter comes with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. The GeekBench scores of these chips reveal that the latter is much better than the former. But that is not all! By the time the Pixel Fold releases, Samsung will be all prepped up for Galaxy Z Fold 5. That device is expected to come with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. And that CPU will be heaps better than the Tensor G2.
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Well, while Samsung has an edge in performance, Google Pixel Fold will most likely come with a better camera. Google is the best in the mobile camera business. For a foldable mobile phone, performance is not a major focus. These are phones that are bought for style, thus if they can surf the web, man users are good. However, a good camera will likely be a must for many and Google has this in its pocket.
What about updates? Google is number one when it comes to a swift and clean user interface. The Google Pixel 7 devices guarantee five years of software support. That includes three years of major Android updates and five years of security updates. Pixel phones come with little or no-fuss UI and no bloated apps. Samsung One UI is a great Android skin too. But it’s still a little different than vanilla Android, which many users don’t want.