An alleged fresh leak of information regarding Google’s first foldable smartphone, the Pixel Fold, purports to have closed any knowledge gaps that may have been there. If the information is accurate, we not only have a lengthy list of possible specifications for the gadget, but we also have a date for the device’s big debut, which will take place before Google I/O 2023.
A leaker by the name of Jon Prosser had previously distributed what are believed to be renders of the Pixel Fold alongside a schedule, in which it was stated that the phone would be formally introduced on May 10, the opening day of this year’s Google I/O conference. On Friday, Prosser released a video in cooperation with Front Page Tech that provided even more information about the device. In the video, Prosser revealed, for example, that Google will release an initial teaser for the device on April 26.
Prosser followed with a detailed rundown of the foldable’s specifications, accompanied by some up-close renders of the device. He also mentioned two other storage configurations that are available for the foldable: a model with 256GB of storage that is available in chalk (white) or obsidian (black) for approximately $1,800, and a variant with 512GB of storage that is only available in obsidian for approximately $1,920.
The foldable device, as reported by Prosser’s sources, is equipped with a 5.8-inch OLED outside display that has a resolution of Full HD Plus (2,092 by 1,080 pixels) and a refresh rate that may go up to 120 hertz. The aspect ratio of the display is a particularly wide 17.4:9. The internal OLED display is 7.6 inches and has a resolution of 2,208 by 1,840 pixels. It also has a refresh rate of up to 120 hertz. The aspect ratio is more tablet-like 6:5 rather than 4:3.
The render depicts a camera block on the Pixel Fold that appears to be very similar to the one on Google’s most recent flagship phone, the Pixel 7 Pro. However, unlike on Google’s other phones, the camera block on the Pixel Fold is freestanding rather than being integrated into the back cover. However, the cameras themselves are almost equivalent to those found in the Pixel 7 Pro: The primary camera has a resolution of 48 megapixels and an aperture of f/1.7. It has a field of view of 82 degrees. The foldable also boasts a 10.8-megapixel ultrawide lens that has an aperture of f/2.2 and a field of view of 121.1 degrees. Additionally, the foldable’s 10.8-megapixel telephoto lens has a 5x optical zoom and a 20x “super res” zoom that is probably achieved by digital enhancement.
The only area in which the Fold may be inferior to its more traditional predecessor is in video recording. The Fold can only capture 4K video at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, but the Pixel 7 Pro can do it at a rate of 60 frames per second. If you want to record video on the Fold with that many frames per second, you’ll need to change the resolution to anything lower than 1080p.
The camera on the outside display has a front-facing resolution of 9.5 megapixels, an aperture of f/2.2, and an angle of view of 84 degrees. These specifications are essentially equivalent to those of the selfie camera on the Pixel 7 Pro. Additionally, there is a camera located on top of the internal display. It is an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and will mostly be utilized for Zoom and other types of video chat sessions.
According to the leak, the Google Pixel Fold will feature Google’s own Tensor 2 processor (probably the Tensor Gen 2 that made its debut in the Google Pixel 7 back in October) paired with a Titan M2 security chip. This will allow the device to fold into a tablet form factor. Additionally, it will come standard with 12 gigabytes of LPDDR5 memory in all of its configurations.
In terms of its measurements, the Google Pixel Fold is rumored to have a height of 5.5 inches, a width of 3.1 inches, and a thickness of 0.5 inches. When folded, this makes it smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which has dimensions of 6.1 inches in height, 2.6 inches in width, and 0.6 inches in thickness. (The dimensions of the Pixel Fold, while it is unfurled and lying flat, were not included in the leak.) The Pixel Fold weighs 283 grams, making it significantly heavier than the Samsung Z Fold 4, which tips the scale at 263 grams.
The battery life estimates for the Pixel Fold are less precise, with Prosser stating only that a charge will last “beyond 24 hours” and potentially up to 72 hours using a power-saving mode (a setting that normally restricts functions and screen brightness).
It is good knowledge that Prosser shares reliable information regarding consumer technology devices, particularly mobile phones. He was able to accurately reveal the design of the iPad Mini 6 that would be released in 2021 as well as the release date of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. However, as is the case with many leaks, it is possible that this information may not fully reflect the finished product that we anticipate seeing unveiled at Google I/O in a few short weeks.