Google Pixel Fold: Price, Release Date, Specs, News, and Rumors

Everything we know about Google's foldable phone

Following other major phone manufacturers moving into the foldable phone space is Google, which appears to be launching one of its own. Rumored to be called the Pixel Fold, it could have three screens and include the company's in-house chip.

When Will the Pixel Fold Be Released?

According to CNET, a developer at Google confirmed Google has been prototyping foldable phone technology for a long time, but that a use case wasn’t yet clear. That was in 2019. Since then, there have been releases and rumors of foldable phones from other companies, including Apple's foldable phone.

One indicator that we could see this device in 2021 is a report from TheElec, which stated earlier this year that Samsung Display is developing foldable OLED panels for Google. Serial leaker Jon Prosser backs these dates.

9to5Google obtained information about a release date for the foldable Pixel from a leaked document the “Q4 2021” timeframe, but this estimation was later updated based on a newer source, making that date just an announcement, with the actual release set for early 2022.

Then again, David Naranjo, senior director at Display Supply Chain Consultants, is banking on a Q4 2021 Pixel Fold release. This also lines up with a recent tweet from phone leaker and blogger, Evan Blass:

Lifewire’s Release Date Estimate

It's simply not clear yet when we'll see this phone, but for now, we'll go with the earlier estimates and assume that Google will release the Pixel Fold at or around the same time as the Pixel 6, which is expected in October.

Google Pixel Fold Price Rumors

Components like storage, cameras, and processor usually drive the price of a new phone. Plus, a foldable device has more parts than one that doesn't; three times the screen real estate definitely won't go unnoticed when pricing this phone.

New technology costs more, and if it's combined with additional complexities, it's easy to see why devices like the Galaxy Z Fold2 launch at $2,000. Google's Pixel Fold will be no different. Of course, Google could very well introduce it at a more competitive price, but don't expect to fork over the same as you would for a Pixel 5. It simply will not be comparable.

Let's consider the phone will be essentially identical to the latest standard Pixel, only with multiple screens. The price hike will, in all probability, end up approaching that $2K mark. However, if the rumors are true and Google will be using its own chip, this could swing the price down a bit.

Pixel Fold render
Pixel Fold render.

Waqar Khan

Pre-Order Information

Details on pre-ordering will be clear after Google announces the phone.

Google Pixel Fold Features

The foldable Pixel will undoubtedly look different from any of the company's past Google's line of Pixel phones. But we don't expect too much to change feature-wise except for the apparent enhancements enabled with extra screens.

There will still be a front-facing and rear camera, speakers, Bluetooth, etc., like any modern-day phone. While the Pixel 5 removed face unlock in favor of a fingerprint scanner, it's still up in the air as to which will arrive on the Pixel Fold.

Android 12 will come this September, just in time to be included on this phone. Google won't need to make any significant changes to accommodate the tablet-sized screen since it already develops the OS that runs on foldable devices from other companies. If anything, the Fold will support unique multitasking features that the competition, and smaller-screen Pixels, don't currently have.

There could be some exciting ways Google deals with what happens when the phone folds with multiple screens. When watching a movie in tablet mode, closing it might (and probably should) automatically continue the video on the outside screen.

Of course, we'll know more as we get closer to launch and see additional leaks.

Pixel Fold Specs and Hardware

We can't confirm yet how big the screen will be, but according to TheElec, which obtained details on Google's ordering of OLED panels, says that it's “around 7.6-inch in size”. Some rumors have suggested that we'll see three screens, like Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2. Samsung's phone also has a 7.6" screen, meaning it could look a lot like that device from the outside.

YouTuber Waqar Khan shows off some renders of what a foldable Pixel could look like in this video using the Pixel 5 as inspiration. You can see how three displays might look on a foldable Pixel:

Google published two patents in January 2021 (here and here) for a foldable device. It's unclear if it's for a phone or something completely different like an e-reader—the illustrations don't show a camera like most drawings (though it could be under the display)—but we'll keep a close eye on it.

Like the Pixel 6, experts expect that the Pixel Fold will have the GS101 Whitechapel chip, Google's system on a chip (SoC).

The Pixel 5 has a 12.2 MP dual-pixel rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. We could see this repeated in the Pixel Fold or something entirely different considering the larger screen size.

We monitor new Pixel Fold rumors frequently and will update this page with anything relevant.

Pixel Fold Specs (Rumored)
Display OLED / 7.6 inches
Chipset Whitechapel
Memory and Storage 8 GB RAM / 128 GB
Camera 12MP/16MP
Sensors Proximity / Accelerometer / Fingerprint / Gyrometer / Compass / Barometer
Buttons and Ports USB Type-C 3.1 / Power button / Volume controls
SIMs Single Nano SIM and/or eSIM
Audio Stereo speakers / 3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band / Wi-Fi Direct / DLNA / Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
OS Android 12

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FAQ
  • Has the Google Pixel phone been discontinued?

    Google discontinued the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL in August of 2020, but the Pixel 4A, Pixel 5, and Pixel 4A 5G are currently available, and we expect to see many more new models.

  • What's the cheapest foldable phone I could buy?

    To find the least expensive foldable phone for you, consider manufacturer rebates, trade-in deals, carrier offers, refurbished prices, and sale or second-hand prices. Also, prices vary widely depending on storage and RAM options. A Microsoft Surface Duo starts at $1,399, but you may find an offer on Amazon for less than $1,000. Similarly, a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold retails for around $1,800, but you can get refurbished versions for about $800.

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