Is Google going to release a folding Pixel?
Google may be joining the world of folding phones sooner than expected.
Quick Answer: Yes, Google announced the Pixel Fold at its annual Google I/O developer conference. The phone starts $1,799 and starts shipping June 2023.
With an official announcement reportedly coming soon, the tech giant is ready to give Samsung’s leading foldable phone lineup a run for its money.
Dubbed “Felix” internally, the Pixel Fold boasts a hinge touted as the “most durable” in the foldable phone game. With a price tag starting at $1,700, it’s set to compete directly with Samsung’s $1,799 Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The documents reveal that Google plans to promote the Pixel Fold as a pocket-sized, water-resistant device.
The gadget features a 5.8-inch external screen and, upon unfolding, a 7.6-inch display akin to a small tablet – the same size as Samsung’s rival offering.
Although it tips the scales at a slightly heavier 10 ounces, the Pixel Fold’s larger battery promises a full day of use or even up to 72 hours in low-power mode.
Should we expect a folding phone from Google anytime soon?
Short answer: Yes, the Pixel Fold is set to launch at its yearly developer conference, Google I/O, on May 10.
Powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip – the same processor found in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – the Pixel Fold is the most premium offering in the company’s smartphone lineup.
While hardware constitutes a minor portion of Google’s revenue, the tech giant has been developing software, including Android and Google Play, for third-party devices from manufacturers like Samsung
The Pixel Fold is Google’s opportunity to showcase a fully integrated, Google-made foldable phone experience.
Other Pixel devices, for instance, offer exclusive features unavailable on all Android phones, such as Tensor processor-driven photo editing options.
However, the launch coincides with concerns about Google and Samsung’s partnership.
A New York Times report suggested that Samsung may swap Google for Microsoft’s Bing as the default smartphone search engine. This move could cost Google an estimated $3 billion in annual revenue.
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