Google hasn’t announced its foldable smartphone yet, but it’s been a while Couple of year since the rumours started circulating, enough to have an idea of what the company is going to do when it finally sticks to the form factor. In order to Front page Techa popular YouTube channel that has been on the money a few times with leaks, new renders indicate the Pixel Fold will be bigger than Samsung’s current release– and it will also have larger bezels.
Front Page Tech’s anonymous sources offered a glimpse into what’s to come, and they put together some pretty convincing renderings based on what they saw. The renders suggest a wider phone than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which I’ve been obsessed with since reviewing it in August. But my only complaint about it, months after using it, is that I still think Samsung’s phone is too narrow to type with when closed. The front screen is difficult to tap if it has a protective cover on it and you have long fingernails. A wider device would solve this – and the Pixel Fold looks wide.
When closed, the folding device looks like the Pixel 7 on the front side. The back has a huge protruding camera bar, similar to Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2, which didn’t bode well for that particular foldable. At least the camera lenses aren’t set to the side like they were on the Z Fold 4. It makes the “tablet” uneven when it’s without a cover, so the back stays flat.
According to Front Page Tech sources, the Pixel Fold is called “Project Passport”. It will be marketed as a premium device and won’t have an under-display camera on the inside like the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Instead, it will have a bezel around the edges for a 9.5-megapixel camera. If that means high-resolution video calling with that camera on the inside, the ring could be worth living with. The significantly lower resolution video situation on the Z Fold 4 is starting to get to me.
Front Page Tech is “confident” in its renders, though they’ve been recreated to help protect the identities of the sources. The Pixel Fold could look very different when it finally launches. Still, it’s hard not to be thrilled with the renders, as Front Page Tech was close to the mark with the design of the Pixel watch. Unfortunately, that also means that it is right in terms of price. The $1,800 starting price of the Pixel Fold mentioned in the video seems possible, since that’s the price of Samsung’s Z Fold. It also means that affordable foldables last quite a long time ways away.