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Google Pixel Fold mass production to begin in Q3 2023, likely to rival Galaxy Z Fold 5

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  • Google Pixel Fold’s mass production may begin in Q3 this year
  • Its mass production has been delayed twice in the past
  • It is expected to rival the Galaxy Z Fold 5

Google Pixel Fold’s mass production will begin in the third quarter of 2023, claims a new report by The Elec. A recent report that revealed Google’s 2023–2025 Pixel-series roadmap claimed that the Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold foldable phone, and Pixel 8 series will debut this year.

At present, Samsung is ruling the foldable phone market. However, it appears that Google could be one of the first mainstream brands to rival Samsung in the foldable market. The new report states when the Pixel Fold will enter the mass production phase. It also suggests when Google may officially announce it.

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Google Pixel Fold launch timeframe (expected)

Google Pixel Fold CAD render 2

Google Pixel Fold CAD render

As per the new report, the mass production of the Pixel Fold will begin in Q3 2023. This is the third time that the company has delayed the mass production schedule.

The report further states that Samsung Display, which is working with Google on its foldable phone project, will supply a foldable panel to it around July or August. This indicates that the Pixel Fold could be ready for launch in September or October this year.

Google has traditionally announced its flagship Pixel phones in October each year. This year, Google may launch the Pixel 8 series in October. There is a possibility that the company may use the same platform to unveil the Pixel Fold. The company is also expected to confirm the design and key specifications of its first foldable phone at the Google I/O 2023 event in May.

It is speculated that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 may debut in August. Hence, it appears that the Z Fold 5 will face competition from the Pixel Fold. The Pixel Fold, which is expected to cost $1,799 (Rs 1,48,700), is expected to be less expensive than the upcoming Z Fold 5.

As previous reports have claimed, the Pixel Fold will have a 5.78-inch display on the outside and a 7.57-inch foldable screen with UTG (ultra-thin glass) on the inside. It will be an inwardly foldable device, and its overall shape will be similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series. However, it may not carry support for a stylus, which is a signature feature of Samsung’s foldables.

Google Pixel Fold specifications (rumoured)

Shown above is the leaked CAD render of the Google Pixel Fold, which showcases an inward-folding design. When unfolded, the device is said to measure 158.7 x 139.8 x 5.7mm. The front side of the device will feature a 5.78-inch AMOLED cover display, whereas, on the inside, it will have a 7.57-inch foldable AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1,840 x 2,208 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The Pixel Fold is likely to feature the Tensor G2, which is the same chip that powers the Pixel 7 series. The device may come equipped with 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage and offer an Android 13 OS experience. The battery size and charging speeds have yet to be revealed by the rumour mill.

On the front, the Pixel Fold will have a 9.5-megapixel camera. The same snapper will be available on the top bezel on the inside of the device. The rear camera setup of the device will feature a 64-megapixel Sony IMX787 main camera, a 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 ultra-wide snapper, and a Samsung S5K3JN1 telephoto camera.

Google Pixel Fold price (rumoured)

There is no word on whether the Pixel Fold will be released in India. As mentioned above, in the global market, the device is likely to be priced at $1,799 (~Rs 1,48,700). It may come in Chalk and Obsidian colour options.

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