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

All the rumors we've heard about Google's foldable phone

Following other major phone manufacturers moving into the foldable phone space is Google, which looks to be launching one of its own. Referred to as the Pixel Fold or Pixel Notepad (possibly codenamed Felix), it's been said that it will have three screens and include the company's in-house chip.

When Will the Pixel Fold Be Released?

The goalpost appears to slide over and over. Below is a rollercoaster of news over when and if the Pixel Fold will even arrive. Short answer: nobody knows for sure, but the most recent report is from FrontPageTech, which says May 2023.

Lifewire's Release Date Estimate

From what we know right now, it probably won't be until 2023 at the earliest (assuming it's coming at all). Two 2022 Google events tipped us on the Pixel Tablet's release date for 2023, but nothing was said about a foldable Pixel. Keep an eye out for Google's events for any details.

Google Pixel Fold Price Rumors

Between $1,500 and $2,000 is what we're hearing. But, of course, nobody knows for sure, and won't until Google provides real numbers.

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.

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 (they probably are) and Google will be using its own chip, this could swing the price down a bit.

Another clue this phone won't quite reach that price is a source provided to 9to5Google, which says the device could cost less than the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold 3.

New technology costs more, and if it's combined with additional complexities, it's easy to see why devices like this go for such a hefty price. Google's Pixel Notepad 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 7. It simply will not be comparable.

Pre-Order Information

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

A multiple view rendering of how the Pixel Fold phone could look at various angles.

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Google Pixel Fold Features

The foldable Pixel will undoubtedly look different from any of Google's past 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 7 does have face unlock and a fingerprint scanner, it's looking like the foldable Pixel will have a side-mounted traditional sensor.

Android 12 arrived in late 2021. Google doesn'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.

However, depending on when it's released, the Fold will run the latest OS at the time, so likely Android 13 or 14.

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”. Ross Young says the cover display will be 5.8". Some rumors have suggested that we'll see an outer screen like Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4. Samsung's phone also has a 7.6" main screen, meaning it could look a lot like that device.

According to 9to5Google, the main screen (when the phone is unfolded) might have a display resolution of 1840x2208. The outer screen (when folded) looks to have a resolution of 1080x2100. The internal display could support a refresh rate as high as 120Hz.

YouTuber Waqar Khan shows off some renders of what a foldable Pixel could look like in this video, using the Pixel 6 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.

The camera could be under the display; then again, a patent uncovered by 91mobiles in August 2022, explains “A camera having an aperture located in a bezel of the second assembly that borders the flexible continuous display.” We'll keep a close eye on it.

Like the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6, experts expect the Pixel Notepad will feature Google Tensor. It just makes sense based on the timeline. The upcoming Pixel Tablet is already confirmed to have the Tensor G2, so the same is expected in the foldable.

The Pixel 7 has a 50 MP rear camera, 48 MP telephoto camera, and 11 MP front-facing camera. We could see this repeated in the Pixel Fold or something entirely different considering the larger screen size. This is echoed by Mishaal Rahman, who, according to Android Headlines, spotted a device that could be the Fold that has the same camera sensor set as the Pixel 6 Pro.

However, there are also rumors that the Fold will use the same camera setup as the Pixel 5.

We monitor new Pixel Fold rumors frequently and will update this page with anything relevant. For now, enjoy these awesome Pixel Fold renders from FrontPageTech.

Rendering of how a Pixel Fold phone might look in the open vertical position.

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Pixel Fold Specs (Rumored)
Display 7.6-inch (inner display) and 5.8-inch (outer display)
Chipset Google Tensor
Memory and Storage 12 GB RAM / 128–512 GB
Camera 50MP primary; 12MP wide-angle secondary; 48MP telephoto 4x zoom; 12MP front-facing
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 mics
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
Colors Chalk (white) and Obsidian (black)

The Latest News About the Pixel Fold

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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 5a with 5G, and Pixel 6 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.