In a recent announcement, Google officially introduced its first-ever foldable smartphone, the Pixel Fold. After months of speculation and anticipation, the tech giant confirmed the news during its annual Google I/O developer conference. Google’s entry into the foldable smartphone market comes on the heels of Samsung and Huawei, who have already launched their own foldable devices, such as the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X series.
The Pixel Fold sports a sleek design, featuring a 7.3-inch OLED main display and a secondary 4.6-inch external display. When folded, the device bears a striking resemblance to Google’s Pixel 6 Pro, boasting the same unibody design and the signature camera bar on the back.
The main 7.3-inch display employs ultra-thin glass (UTG) technology, providing durability and a high-quality visual experience. According to Google, the Pixel Fold has undergone rigorous testing to ensure its hinge mechanism can withstand thousands of folds and unfolds without compromising the device’s integrity. This is a critical aspect, as previous foldable smartphones from other companies have faced durability concerns.
The Pixel Fold runs on the latest Android 15, optimized for foldable devices. This new software ensures a smooth transition between the external and main displays, making multitasking more efficient. Google has also introduced a new feature called ‘Fold Aware,’ which allows apps to seamlessly adapt to the folding and unfolding of the phone, providing an optimal user experience.
Keeping up with the expectation, the Pixel Fold incorporates Google’s stellar camera technology, which has become synonymous with the Pixel brand.
The device features a triple camera setup, including a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens – all backed by Google’s computational photography algorithms. This ensures stunning image quality and impressive low-light performance.
Storage, Battery, and Connectivity
The Pixel Fold comes with 12GB of RAM and two storage options: 256 GB and 512 GB. Google has maintained the tradition of not including expandable storage on its Pixel devices. However, the ample storage options should suffice for most users.
In terms of connectivity, the Pixel Fold supports 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. The device also includes stereo speakers and an under-display fingerprint sensor and is IP68-rated, ensuring water and dust resistance.
Google has also confirmed three years of Android OS and five years of security updates for the Pixel Fold, ensuring the device remains up-to-date with the latest features and security enhancements.
Besides the launch of the foldable Pixel, Google India has recently announced the budget 7A’s May 11 release date. It is expected that the tech giant will share quite a bit of info on the Pixel tablet, which was officially declared in the last year’s event. Should enthusiasts wait for a bunch of surprises? – only the event can reveal the truth.