By: Nick Gambino
It looks like Google is gearing up to release their first foldable phone – the Pixel Fold. While the tech giant has never confirmed the existence of this phone let alone its release in a couple months, there’s some decent intel that suggests its arrival is imminent.
CNBC reports that they’ve seen internal Google communications that reveal they will announce the Pixel Fold at their annual I/O event on May 10th with the phone shipping in June. If you’re hoping to get it on the cheap, that may have to remain a hope. The outlet reports the phone will fetch a hefty $1,700.
I personally don’t see the appeal of a foldable phone. In my mind, we graduated past the flip phone in the aughts. Smartphones like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy made them obsolete. I get wanting more screen that takes up less real estate in your pocket, but the designs I’ve been seeing just don’t do it for me.
According to CNBC, the Pixel Fold will feature the most durable hinge on the market and will open up like a book, revealing a 7.6-inch screen. The outside screen, when it’s closed, will measure in at 5.8 inches.
The foldable Google phone will be powered by the Tensor G2 chip (also found in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro) with a battery that can last up to 72 hours on low power mode or 24 hours otherwise.
There’s no word on the camera which suggests it might not be anything forward looking. Earlier rumors suggested the Pixel Fold would house older cameras fitted to previous iterations of the regular Pixel phone.
Again, as with all leaks and rumors, don’t bet on anything until it’s confirmed by Google. They’re holding their I/O conference on May 10th at 10am PT/1pm ET. The whole conference will take place on a single day, not three as in previous years. I expect a lot of focus on the Pixel Fold.