Google Pixel Fold to launch with innovative 'ultra-micro-hole camera' for superior display image quality
Reputedly, Google has developed an alternative to the under-display camera (UDC), a technology pioneered by the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and ZTE. According to Digital Chat Station, Google's innovation will result in a punch-hole-free display while also avoiding the complexities and visual drawbacks of Samsung's UDC solutions. Supposedly, Google's method will not interfere with the front-facing camera's image quality either, another drawback of the UDC in the Galaxy Z Fold3.
Specifically, Digital Chat Station speaks of a 'ultra-micro-hole camera', which does not sit within the display itself. Instead, the leaker claims that Google has included the Pixel Fold's interior front-facing camera within the device's frame. Hence, this solution should affect the display at all and will not leave an unsightly mark, as is the case with the Galaxy Z Fold3. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen how this will look in person and whether Google will resort to a black bezel in which to accommodate its 'ultra-micro-hole camera'.
Additionally, the leaker reports that the Pixel Fold borrows heavily from the Pixel 7. Purportedly, the Pixel Fold features its sibling's rear design, as well as its cameras. Incidentally, this chimes with discoveries made by developer Kuba Wojciechowski, who claimed last month that Android 13 Beta lists Google's unreleased foldable smartphone as having the ISOCELL GN1, Sony IMX363, Sony IMX386 and Sony IMX355 camera sensors. Furthermore, the Pixel Fold also has a smaller form factor than the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold4, which earlier Android 13 Beta builds appeared to confirm too. A release date for the Pixel Fold remains unknown, although it is rumoured to rely on Google's second-generation Tensor chipset.