Samsung will get some competition in the foldable phone market segment next year from Google. The maker of the Android OS plans to release its first foldable phone in 2023, and more leaks are starting to paint a clearer picture of what device Google will use to compete with the foldable market leader, Samsung.
After the alleged Pixel Fold popped up in an online benchmark a couple of days ago, a new set of renders emerged to reveal the foldable phone’s design from all angles. In addition, some display specifications and dimensions have also surfaced. (via @OnLeaks / Howtoisolve)
Google Pixel Fold is a lot wider than the Galaxy Z Fold 4
The new leak suggests that the Google Pixel Fold has a 5.79-inch cover screen and a 7.69-inch foldable display. When unfolded, the device measures approximately 158.7 x 139.7 x 5.7mm. The phone’s thickness, including the camera bump, is 8.3mm. Google reportedly acquired the cover and foldable screens from Samsung Display.
The renders and 360-degree video above and below highlight one of the biggest differences between the Pixel Fold and the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Namely, the Pixel Fold is considerably wider and has a squarer aspect ratio than the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
In the past, one of the biggest design issues of the Galaxy Z Fold series was the narrow cover screen. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 addressed that problem to a reasonable degree, but it looks like Google may have gone too far in the other direction. The Pixel Fold may be too wide for a smartphone and could prove unwieldy. Time will tell.
Google is expected to release the Pixel Fold in May 2023, but the phone-tablet hybrid won’t be cheap. If early reports are accurate, Google intends to charge $1,799 and up for the Pixel Fold. The phone will supposedly run Android 13 at launch and sport 12GB of RAM. It should be available in two color options: Chalk and Obsidian.
If you want to own a book-like foldable device and can’t wait until Google reveals its first attempt, Samsung is always happy to sell you a Galaxy Z Fold 4. And you should be able to buy it for a lower price than $1,799 through the ongoing winter sale event.