Google has just fully revealed the all-new Pixel Fold. This is the company’s first foldable device geared to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Oppo Find N2.The Pixel Fold is not only Google’s first foldable, but it’s also the thinnest foldable phone on the market today. And despite being a foldable, the Google Pixel Fold is very much a phone first, and a tablet second.
The specs for the Google Pixel Fold are quite impressive. The outer cover screen has a 5.8-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 17.4:9 aspect ratio, 2092 x 1080 resolution, 408 pixels per inch (ppi), and a 120Hz refresh rate. The brightness goes up to 1200 nits when viewing HDR content, with a peak brightness of 1550 nits. Google uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus cover glass for increased durability.
When unfolded, the inner display measures 7.6 inches with a 6:5 aspect ratio and a 2208 x 1840 resolution at 380 ppi. It also features a 120Hz refresh rate, ultrathin glass with a protective plastic layer, and an always-on display with Google’s At a Glance and Now Playing features. The inner display reaches 1000 nits HDR and peak brightness up to 1450 nits.
The Google Pixel Fold has a unique hinge design that is mirror polished and features multi-alloy stainless steel construction. It has a custom dual-axis, quad-cam synchronized mechanism with fluid friction, and a full 180-degree range of motion. This allows the Google Pixel Fold to securely support different postures and viewing angles. Google says it’s one of the most durable hinges available on the foldable market, and “Tabletop Mode” lets the hinge prop the Pixel Fold up on a table for multiple uses. Google Pixel Fold also has an impressive IPX8 water-resistance rating.
The Google Pixel Fold comes with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and either 256GB or 512GB storage configurations. It’s equipped with the latest Google Tensor G2 chip with a Titan M2 security coprocessor, which is what you’ll also find in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. One of the more impressive features of the Pixel Fold is its Dual Screen Interpreter Mode. With this, you can speak in one language to someone, and the Pixel Fold shows the translation in another language on the cover screen that is facing the person you’re speaking to.
On the camera side, the Pixel Fold packs a punch. The rear camera has a 48MP main camera, a 10.8MP ultrawide camera, and a 10.8MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and Super Res Zoom up to 20x. The front camera is 9.5MP with an 84-degree field of view, and the inner camera is 8MP (also with an 84-degree field of view).
You’ll be able to take impressive photos with the Pixel Fold and have access to Google’s suite of computational photography features like Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Long Exposure, Real Tone, and more. It’s also capable of the new Tabletop Astrophotography mode, 4K video recording at 30/60 frames per second (fps), and more.
The Google Pixel Fold has a 4,821mAh battery, which Google claims can get over 24 hours of use with a single charge — or 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver. It supports fast charging up to 30 watts with proper power adapters, though it only includes a cable in the box. Wireless charging is supported for Qi-compatible wireless chargers.
The Google Pixel Fold starts at $1,799 and is available for preorder starting today, May 10. Verizon customers can place preorders starting June 20. The Pixel Fold will be widely available beginning June 27. It will only be available in the U.S., U.K., Japan, and Europe.
Pixels have traditionally undercut their competitors by a significant margin, but at $1,799, the Pixel Fold is competing head-to-head with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.Google says it’s confident and happy with the Pixel Fold’s pricing, but with no pricing advantage on its side, Google has its work cut out for it to take on the Z Fold 4 — and presumably the Z Fold 5 later this year.
I really like the Pixel 7a, but there’s one big issue I can’t ignore
Google revealed the Pixel 7a at Google I/O 2023, and it is available for purchase right now for $499. It’s the cheapest of the Pixel 7 lineup, and it packs in the Google Tensor G2 chip, a crisp display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 64MP main shooter, plus it’s the first Pixel A-series with wireless charging. The Pixel 7a even comes in four fun colors: Charcoal, Snow, Sea, and the Google Store-exclusive Coral.
But with all of those upgrades from its predecessor, the Pixel 6a, the Pixel 7a is $50 more than the original price of the Pixel 6a, which was $449 at launch. However, Google also decided to keep the Pixel 6a around (this is the first time the previous model has remained for sale) and even gave it a $100 price cut, so it is now just $349.
Sorry, but you’re all wrong — any Pixel 7 is a great buy
I bet you’re worried about buying a Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, or Pixel 7a, aren’t you? There are some nasty horror stories about terrible reliability out there, and they’re enough to send many potential buyers screaming into the waiting arms of a Samsung Galaxy S23 or an iPhone 14 Pro, each ready to provide comfort with their solid dependability.
Well, at the risk of sounding smug, I’ve used all three and had no serious issues with any of them. And how’s this for a daring follow-up statement: When someone asks me if any are worth buying, I’ll say yes. You heard me right, I think you should buy a Pixel 7 phone.
I’m excited for the Google Pixel Fold, and you should be too
It’s official: the Google Pixel Fold is coming. After months of rumors and speculation, Google revealed the Pixel Fold on Star Wars Day, of all days. With the tagline “May The Fold Be With You,” Google dropped a tweet that showed off the Pixel Fold in all of its glory. And now, after the official announcement at Google I/O 2023, the Google Pixel Fold is shaping up to be one of the more exciting releases this year.
I’ve always been an iPhone gal, but since I joined Digital Trends, I’ve been checking out Android phones more than ever before. I’ve taken quite a liking to the Pixel lineup of devices, including the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7a, which also just dropped today. But the Google Pixel Fold is the one device I can’t wait to get my hands on, especially when compared to the competing Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (and the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which is likely coming this year too).
It looks like the perfect compact size