Google Pixel Fold arrives as the company’s first foldable
In a highly anticipated event at Google’s annual I/O conference, the tech giant unveiled its latest additions to the Pixel lineup. Alongside the Pixel Tablet and Pixel 7a, Google introduced the long-rumored and much-leaked Pixel Fold, marking the company’s entrance into the foldable smartphone market.
Measuring 139.7 x 79.5 x 12.1 mm when folded and 139.7 x 158.7 x 5.8 mm when unfolded, the Pixel Fold offers a compact and versatile form factor. Weighing in at 283g, the device boasts an IPX8 water resistance rating, ensuring durability even in wet conditions (although it is not dust-resistant).
The Pixel Fold features impressive display technology. Its external screen is a 5.8-inch 1080×2092 OLED panel, with a 17.4:9 aspect ratio and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and offers up to 1,200 nits of HDR brightness and a peak brightness of 1,550 nits.
On the inside, users will find a 7.6-inch OLED screen with a 6:5 aspect ratio, 2208×1840 resolution, and a 120 Hz refresh rate. This inner display utilizes Ultra Thin Glass, topped with a protective plastic layer, and achieves up to 1,000 nits of HDR brightness and a peak brightness of 1,450 nits.
The Pixel Fold’s hinge mechanism is designed to provide a seamless and secure experience. With “fluid friction” across its full 180-degree range of motion, the hinge supports various postures, allowing users to adapt the device to their preferred use cases.
Driving the device’s performance is Google’s Tensor G2 SoC, accompanied by the Titan M2 security coprocessor. The Pixel Fold comes equipped with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and offers storage options of 256GB or 512GB using UFS 3.1 technology.
Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the Pixel Fold’s camera setup. The rear boasts a triple-camera configuration, consisting of a 48 MP main camera with a 1/2″ sensor size, f/1.7 aperture, and optical image stabilization (OIS).
Accompanying this is a 10.8 MP ultrawide camera with a 1/3″ sensor size and a 10.8 MP 5x optical zoom telephoto lens with a 1/3.1″ sensor size and support for Super Res Zoom up to 20x. On the outer screen, users will find a 9.5 MP fixed-focus camera, while the inner screen features an 8 MP snapper, both providing excellent imaging capabilities.
Additional features of the Pixel Fold include an embedded fingerprint sensor in the power button, dual-SIM support (with one physical SIM slot and an eSIM option), stereo speakers, and a 4,821 mAh battery. Notably, the device supports Google‘s 30W USB-C charger with USB-PD 3.0 technology (charger sold separately), ensuring fast and efficient charging. The Pixel Fold runs on the latest Android 13 operating system, delivering a seamless user experience.
The Google Pixel Fold is now available for pre-order in the United States, priced at $1,799. Customers who pre-order will receive a complimentary Pixel Watch. While the initial launch is limited to the United States, Google plans to expand availability to other countries in the future.