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Is Google going to release a folding Pixel?

Google may be joining the world of folding phones sooner than expected.

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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.

In a bold move to reshape the foldable smartphone landscape, Google is gearing up to unveil its very own Pixel Fold, per CNBC.

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 camera focuses on a cell phone.

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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