Google Pixel Fold debuts with 48 MP triple camera and Tensor G2 chipset
Google has finally introduced the Pixel Fold, its first foldable smartphone and its most expensive smartphone to date. Launching alongside the Pixel 7a and Pixel Tablet, the Galaxy Z Fold4 rival features a Google Tensor G2 chipset, a 4,821 mAh battery, 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB or 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage within its 283 g chassis. In other words, the Pixel Fold is heavier than the Galaxy Z Fold4, as well as the Mate X3 that Huawei recently launched globally. For reference, the Pixel Fold also measures 139.7 x 158.7 x 5.8 mm when unfolded or 139.7 mm x 79.5 mm x 12.1 mm in its closed position.
As expected, the Pixel Fold has a 5.8-inch cover display and a 7.6-inch internal display, both OLED panels. According to Google, the former operates at 2,092 x 1,080 pixels with a 408 PPI and a 17.4:9 aspect ratio, plus a 120 Hz refresh rate and 1,550 nits peak brightness. By contrast, the internal display has a 6:5 aspect ratio with a 2,208 x 1,840-pixel native resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate and 1,450 nits peak brightness. Google adds that the display comprises of ultra-thin glass covered with a protective plastic layer.
Contrary to late rumours, the Pixel Fold opens to 180°. Elsewhere, Google has integrated 48 MP primary, 10.8 MP ultra-wide-angle and 10.8 MP telephoto rear-facing cameras, along with 9.5 MP front-facing and 8 MP interior cameras. Please note that Google has only optically stabilised the Pixel Fold's primary camera, which also has a 1/2-inch optical format and an f/1.7 aperture. While Google promises five years of Pixel updates, this only applies to security updates. Seemingly, Google has persisted with providing three major Android OS updates. The Pixel Fold is orderable now in multiple markets with a complimentary Pixel Watch. For example, the Pixel Fold retails for £1,749 in the UK and US$1,799 in the US; pre-orders will not start shipping until the end of June at the earliest.