Google has finally confirmed the existence of its first-ever foldable smartphone, the Pixel Fold, and has announced its official launch at Google I/O on May 10th. The Pixel Fold will join the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip lines, as well as devices from Huawei and Oppo.
The Made by Google Twitter account shared a teaser video that gives a glimpse of the Pixel Fold’s design, which looks similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold phones. The video shows a full outer display that opens up to a larger inner display, with rumors suggesting the inner display could measure 7.69 inches and the outer one 5.79 inches. The Pixel Fold is also expected to have a rear camera bump similar to other Pixel phones, with a 50-megapixel main camera along with two 12-megapixel cameras and an 8-megapixel one.
Being in control of the Android operating system, Google has the potential to take foldable phones more mainstream and overcome software hurdles that have plagued other foldable phones. This puts it in a unique position to dominate the foldable smartphone market.
The Pixel Fold is expected to go on sale in June and could cost between $1,400 and $1,800. The phone will be available in a light color option, rumored to be called “chalk” or “porcelain,” and a black or gray version, which may be called “carbon” or “obsidian.”
In addition to the Pixel Fold, Google is also expected to launch the Pixel 7A and could provide more details about the Pixel Tablet at Google I/O. The company will likely discuss its AI efforts and provide more details on Android 14.
In conclusion, the launch of the Pixel Fold marks a new era for smartphones, and it is exciting to see Google enter the foldable smartphone market. The phone’s potential to overcome software hurdles and its unique position as the provider of the Android operating system could help it dominate the market. We can’t wait to hear more about the Pixel Fold at Google I/O next week!