Ever since Samsung released the first Galaxy Fold, there have been rumors and speculation about a Google-made foldable phone. What would it look like? How much would it cost? Is a foldable Pixel something Google is even interested in?
Following months of tiny leaks and reports, we now have our biggest piece of Google Pixel Fold news to date. On November 14, FrontPageTech published numerous renders showcasing the Pixel Fold’s design. And, in short, it looks pretty damn incredible.
We’ll start with the outside of the phone. The front of the Pixel Fold is home to a large outer display that’s noticeably wider than the narrow cover screen on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The Pixel Fold’s outer screen also has a 9.5MP front-facing camera in a hole-punch cutout with pretty slim bezels all around. Around the back is a triple-camera system with a housing that looks just like that of the Google Pixel 7 Pro. Camera specs aren’t confirmed here, but it’ll presumably have the same setup as the Pixel 7 Pro — including a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera, and 48MP telephoto camera.
Open up the Pixel Fold, and we’re treated to a large tablet-like display that appears to be in a landscape orientation. There are fairly big bezels on the top and bottom of the inner screen, with the top bezel discretely hiding another 9.5MP camera for selfies and video calls. Other design details include a USB-C charging port, speaker grills on the top and bottom frame, and a fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button.
FrontPageTech showcases the Pixel Fold in two colors — chalk and obsidian — both of which the Pixel Fold should be available in at launch. Speaking of the Pixel Fold’s launch, FrontPageTech suggests the release date will be May 2023 (likely during next year’s Google I/O event).
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There’s another interesting detail in this leak, and that’s the price. FrontPageTech reports that the Google Pixel Fold will retail for $1,799. That’s a lot of money and significantly more expensive than the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro — but compared to other foldables, it’s right on par. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 also starts at the same $1,799, as did the Fold 3 before it. Google won’t be doing anything revolutionary at that price, but it should also keep the Pixel Fold nice and competitive with its biggest rival.
So, what’s the big takeaway from all of this? Assuming these renders are accurate, the Pixel Fold looks really, really good. It’s essentially a Google-ified version of the Oppo Find N, and that’s nary a bad thing at all. If Google can deliver a foldable smartphone with top-notch cameras, as well as its usual Pixel smarts thanks to a Tensor chip, and support the whole thing with big-screen-optimized software with Android 13, we could be in for a major treat.
The Google Pixel 8 just got its first update. Here’s what’s new
Google has started seeding a new software update for its Pixel phones, which also happens to be the first one for its latest Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro models The update notes don’t mention the arrival of any new features, but the update does fix crucial problems that users have been complaining about in online forums for months and apply to the Pixel 8 series as well as its predecessors.
At the top of the list is a solution for display- and graphics-related woes, including the problem of “a green flash when the display is turning off in certain conditions.” Google’s post mentions a specific scenario where the green screen issue appears, but users have been reporting it for a while.
Moreover, the “green goblin for Pixels” manifests itself in various ways. One user shared an image of the Pixel 8 Pro on Reddit with a vertical green line running across the screen. Others mention random screen flashing or a permanent tint on the panels, both partial and full-screen. The reports date back at least a couple of years and seem to affect phones as old as the Pixel 6 series.
I tested the Pixel 8 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro. This one has the best camera
Every fall, there’s lots of pumpkin spice, spooks, and flagship phones from Google and Apple. This year, Google released the powerful Google Pixel 8 Pro, while Apple upped the ante with the iPhone 15 Pro.
While the Google Pixel 8 Pro is more comparable to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, we wanted to see how it would do against the smaller iPhone 15 Pro as well. After all, the regular iPhone 15 Pro is still considered a flagship, and both phones share the same $999 price tag.
There might be something wrong with the Google Pixel Watch 2
Google introduced an updated charging system on the Google Pixel Watch 2 that juices up the battery inside at a quicker pace. It's also more secure than the previous charger and doesn't get quite as hot. For the most part, it's a good upgrade.
But it seems some users of the smartwatch are facing charging woes. Multiple users are reporting that the supplied charging kit won’t fill up the second-generation Pixel Watch's battery.
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