Google previews Pixel Fold ahead of I/O 2023 showcase
Google has finally confirmed the existence of the Pixel Fold, only a few days after outlining the launch of the Pixel 7a. As per various leaks, the Pixel Fold resembles a cross between the Pixel 7 Pro and the Oppo Find N2. Specifically, the Pixel Fold has a squarer aspect ratio than the Galaxy Z Fold4 and its contemporaries but with the familiar camera bar and triple rear-facing set-up of Google's current flagship smartphone.
Currently, Google has only teased that it will reveal more information on May 10. However, the company's nod to its impending I/O 2023 conference implies that the Pixel Fold will form part of this year's keynote presentation. For reference, Google is also expected to showcase the Pixel 7a and the Pixel Tablet, as well as Android 14 and other OS updates. Potentially, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro could receive an outing too, even if they are not due to arrive until the autumn. There is no word on a second-generation Pixel Watch yet, though.
As various leaks have shown, the Pixel Fold appears to have thicker internal bezels than other recent foldable smartphones. The same cannot be said for its cover display, which fills the Pixel Fold's front. Still, a wider top bezel allows Google to free the foldable display of a front-facing camera, while horizontal and vertical bezels are uniform. As it stands, Google is rumoured to open Pixel Fold pre-orders on May 10, but only on its website.
By contrast, third-party retailers and carriers will be unable to sell the foldable until May 30, which is slated to start at US$1,799 with a complimentary Pixel Watch. Pre-orders may not start shipping until June 27 though, likely a few weeks before Samsung unveils the Galaxy Z Fold5 alongside the Galaxy Z Flip5 and the Galaxy Watch6 series.