The category of folding smartphones is not new, but the choice of such gadgets is still limited to a few options and is far from the variety that conventional monoblock devices can offer. For some time now, Google has been planning to diversify this niche as well, preparing for the release of the Google Pixel Fold.
The mock-up of such a smartphone fell into the hands of Dave Lee, known on YouTube as Dave2D. The blogger showed a plastic copy of the device body, which was received by accessory manufacturers in order to prepare covers for the start of sales of the new smartphone. Such a toy version can show what the manufacturer will offer in the future, evaluate the size and individual features of the design.
So, first of all, the layout of the Google Pixel Fold turned out to be quite thin. In the unfolded state, the thickness of the case is only 5.7 mm, and increases only in the location of the camera unit, which adds up to 3 mm. Pixel smartphones didn’t try to be the thinnest on the market, so this case was a pleasant surprise.
The camera block of the folding Pixel does not “flow” to the sides of the case. It still more or less preserves the style of ordinary models, but it has also received its small difference.
As for the displays, the Pixel Fold will have a 5.79-inch screen with a resolution of 2100×1080 pixels on the outside, and a 7.67-inch screen with a resolution of 2208×1840 on the inside. Using the external display with one hand should be relatively comfortable, although it can be a stretch for smaller hands.
Also, the smartphone will most likely have a cutout for the camera in the external display, but the situation is different with the internal one. The larger screen has noticeable bezels at the top and bottom (about 5 mm each), which are enough to accommodate a small selfie camera window. This can only be explained by an attempt to reduce the cost of production and the final price of the device, because the design with thin frames is definitely more expensive. The good news is that the cutout will not interfere with the image.
According to Mr. Lee, Google’s foldable smartphone will use a teardrop hinge (like the next Samsung Galaxy Fold 5, and already used by Oppo and Motorola). This means that the break line of the internal screen will not interfere much with everyday use, although it is still somewhat noticeable.
Finally, the Pixel Fold “simulator” also has cutouts for speakers. They are located near the hinge, but on different parts of the body. This should improve stereo sound when watching videos, playing games, etc.
In any case, the Google Pixel Fold should be an interesting gadget, and the more details about it emerge, the more we want to see a “live” model. And if such models have already been sent to accessory manufacturers, then there really is less and less to wait.