Google Pixel Fold: US certification confirms UWB connectivity and two model numbers
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the Pixel Fold, a crucial step before the device's release. As usual, the FCC has not revealed many device details. However, the documentation published so far refers to two models, which earlier leaks have not mentioned. Currently, it is unclear how G0B96 and G9FPL differ, but the confirmation that they share an FCC ID suggests that they should be practically identical.
As one screenshot below shows, the Pixel Fold supports ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity. While UWB chips remain rare in smartphones for now, Google includes them in the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel Tablet should feature a comparable UWB chip too, which should help Google mirror Apple's handoff functionality between recent iPhones and HomePods. Allegedly, Google is also developing an AirTag alternative that will rely on UWB as well. More details about the device, codenamed Grogu, can be found in our corresponding article.
Additionally, the Pixel Fold supports Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, Bluetooth LE and 5G, presumably thanks to its Google Tensor G2 chipset. The Pixel Fold may debut next week, but it is not expected to be orderable this month, unlike the Pixel 7a. Instead, Google is rumoured to have elected to wait until June before releasing the Pixel Fold, which could start for as much as US$1,799.