We’ve been inundated with rumors and leaks about the Pixel Fold over the past week, including its release date, hefty price, a full breakdown of specs, and more. And now, we have a sneak peek of the phone in action, showcasing its unique folding mechanism.
Kuba Wojciechowski’s recent tweet shared a brief video showcasing the Google Pixel Fold in action, providing a better look at the hardware than we have previously seen. While the video obscures the software mostly, it offers a decent glimpse of the foldable device’s physical design.
From the video posted on Twitter, it appears that the Pixel Fold’s inner display has a significant bezel at the top and bottom, but with an expansive display in between that is wider than that of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Unlike some other foldable phones, there is no cutout or under-display camera for the selfie camera, which instead appears to be housed within the top bezel.
Based on the video, the inner display of the Pixel Fold appears to be free of a noticeable crease, which is a problem that has plagued Samsung’s foldable devices. However, there is still a visible crease, particularly when the screen is turned off.
In the video, we get a glimpse of the Pixel Fold from various angles. As the phone is being closed, we can see the flat outer display, which appears wider than a typical smartphone, with a shorter length, resembling the design of the Oppo Find N2. The phone has shiny edges running along all sides, with the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and volume buttons located along the “bottom” half of the phone when closed.
Additionally, we can catch a glimpse of the camera bar on the back of the device, which seems to house multiple sensors. However, the video doesn’t provide a clear view of the camera setup or its specs. The back of the device appears to have a matte finish, which is likely to prevent fingerprints and smudges.
One interesting aspect to note is the lack of any visible hinge or crease on the inner display when the device is unfolded. This could be a significant advantage over Samsung’s foldable devices, which have had issues with durability and hinge mechanisms in the past. However, a visible crease is still present on the screen, particularly when it’s turned off.
Indeed, the video doesn’t reveal much more about the phone’s software or user experience beyond the folding mechanism. Overall, the video offers a tantalizing first look at the Pixel Fold and its design. While we can’t confirm the accuracy of the leaked video, it’s exciting to see the progress Google has made in the foldable smartphone space.
Pixel Fold Rumored Features
Additionally, the Pixel Fold is rumored to feature a large 7.6-inch inner folding OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, paired with a smaller 5.8-inch outer OLED display. The device is also expected to run on Google’s Tensor G2 chip, come with 12GB of RAM, and offer up to 512GB of storage. The main camera is reported to be a 48MP sensor with 5x optical zoom and up to 20x digital zoom, while the front-facing cameras include a 9.5MP Fixed Focus camera on the outer display and an 8MP Fixed Focus sensor on the inner folding display. The Pixel Fold is also said to offer “beyond 24-hour life” with a battery that can last up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver Mode.
As reported earlier this week, the Pixel Fold is expected to hit stores in June and comes with a hefty price tag of at least $1,700. In addition to the foldable design, the phone is rumored to feature water resistance and a camera package that’s distinct from the Pixel 7 series.