Google’s upcoming Pixel Fold has been the subject of numerous rumors and leaks in recent months, but the company has now given the public an official sneak peek at the highly anticipated device. In a video released on May 4, also known as Star Wars Day, the Pixel Fold is shown unfolding from every angle. While the video does not reveal everything about the device, it has certainly generated a lot of buzz and hype ahead of Google’s annual I/O conference, set to take place in person from May 10-12.
The Pixel Fold is expected to be more of a book-style foldable, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold, rather than a clamshell design like the Galaxy Z Flip. The dimensions are believed to be closer to Oppo’s recent foldable or Microsoft’s Surface Duo. The device’s design language appears to be consistent with the rest of the Pixel device line, including the camera bar housing multiple rear-facing lenses. However, there is no visible internal camera, which suggests that it is either under display or the company is using the sizable bezel real estate to hide it. The front-facing screen also looks larger, but it is difficult to determine how close it gets to edge-to-edge as the clock face shown in the video is dark.
One noticeable feature of the device is the visible crease on the inside screen, which showcases Android’s familiar Material UI design language. There are power and volume buttons on the metal edge, and speaker grilles at the top. While the bottom is not shown in the video, it is likely to have USB-C. The device also appears quite thin, which is important for a foldable.
Google has been laying the groundwork for its entry into the foldable space for some time, working closely with Samsung to create a version of Android that scales well to a foldable form factor. The Pixel Fold’s release comes at a time when the age of foldable devices as a fringe technology appears to be over. Major device makers are developing their own foldable devices, and even those that do not currently have one on the market are likely working on their own versions.
The Pixel Fold’s pricing and release date have not been officially announced, but many industry experts believe that it will be priced competitively with other foldable devices on the market. Google has created an official Pixel Fold page where customers can sign up for news and updates about the device.
The Pixel Fold is not the only device that Google is expected to unveil at this year’s I/O conference. The company is also expected to provide more information about its Pixel Tablet, which was officially announced at last year’s event. Additionally, Google India recently confirmed the release date of the budget 7A for May 11.
Overall, the Pixel Fold has generated a lot of excitement and anticipation among tech enthusiasts and industry experts. While there may not be many surprises left to unveil at the upcoming I/O conference, the Pixel Fold is sure to be a major talking point and could potentially become a game-changer in the foldable device market. With its sleek design, competitive pricing, and Android software, the Pixel Fold could be a strong contender in the increasingly crowded foldable device space.