The alleged new Pixel Fold leak appears to fill in the remaining gaps in knowledge about Google’s first foldable phone. If the details are true, not only do we have a long list of possible specifications, but we also have a date for the device’s big reveal, and that’s ahead of Google I/O 2023.
Leaker John Prosser previously posted intended renders of the Pixel Fold with a timeline, saying the phone will be formally announced on May 10, the first day of this year’s Google I/O conference. On Friday, Prosser teamed up with Front Page Tech to release a video with even more details, in which Google will first tease the device on April 26.
Prosser followed up with a lengthy spec breakdown, along with some close-up renders of the foldable. He also mentioned two foldable storage configurations: 256GB, in Limestone (white) or Obsidian (black), for around $1,800, or a 512GB model that only comes in Obsidian, for around $1,920.
According to Prosser’s sources, the foldable sports a 5.8-inch OLED external display with a 17.4:9 aspect ratio at Full HD Plus resolution (2,092 x 1,080 pixels) and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The 7.6-inch OLED inner display has a high tablet-size 6:5 aspect ratio (2,208 x 1,840 pixels) and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
The render shows a camera block that looks similar to the one on Google’s last flagship phone, the Pixel 7 Pro, though it stands alone on the Pixel crease instead of curving into the back cover like Google’s other phones. The cameras are the same as on the Pixel 7 Pro, though: the main camera is a 48-megapixel camera with an af/1.7 aperture and an 82-degree field of view. The foldable is a 10.8-megapixel ultrawide with f/2.2 aperture and 121.1-degree field of view, while the 10.8-megapixel telephoto lens can shoot with 5x optical zoom and 20x “super res.”
One place where the Fold does worse than its predecessor is in video, with the Fold only recording 4K footage at 30 frames per second, while the Pixel 7 Pro can crank up to 60fps. If you want that many frames per second when shooting video on the Fold, you’ll need to dial it down to 1080p.
The front-facing camera on the external display is a 9.5-megapixel f/2.2 shooter with an 84-degree field of view, comparable to the selfie camera on the Pixel 7 Pro. There’s also a camera above the internal display, an 8-megapixel f/2.0 shooter that’s mostly used for zoom and other video chat calls.
The Pixel Fold will also use Google’s own Tensor 2 chipset (presumably the Tensor Gen 2 that debuted in October on the Google Pixel 7) along with a Titan M2 security chip, according to the leak. It packs 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM in all configurations.
In terms of dimensions, the Pixel Fold measures 5.5 inches tall by 3.1 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick, making it smaller but wider than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 which measures 6.1 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.6 inches thick. (The leak doesn’t include the dimensions of the Pixel Fold when unfolded flat.) At 283 grams, the Pixel Fold is heavier than the Samsung Z Fold 4, which weighs 263 grams.
The Pixel Fold’s battery specs are less concrete, with Prosser saying that a single charge will last “beyond 24 hours” and up to 72 hours in battery-saving mode (a setting that generally controls features and screen brightness).
Prosser has a reputation for leaking legitimate information about consumer technology products, particularly phones. He leaked precisely The design of the 2021 iPad Mini 6 And this Pixel 7 and 7 Pro Release Date. But like all leaks, this information doesn’t accurately reflect the final device we expect to be revealed at Google I/O in a few weeks.
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