What's the story?
The Pixel Fold is Google's first ever foldable phone, comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. It was announced at Google I/O 2023 and can be pre-ordered now ahead of its June launch. It costs $1,799 / £1,749 (no Australian release is planned).
What do I need to know about it?
It has a large, 7.6-inch bendy screen with a fast 120Hz refresh rate, and a 5.8-inch exterior display for one-handed use when it’s closed. Inside is a Tensor G2 processor (same as the new Pixel 7a) and 12GB RAM, which should make it smooth and swift.
On the back is a triple-camera system, with a wide-angle lens, 5x zoom lens and an ultra-wide lens – standard stuff for the best phones today. The promise of up to 72 hours of battery life in Extreme Battery Save mode is nice – but expect more like 24 hours normally, Google says.
Most importantly, the version of Android it runs is built for folding devices, with smart options such as split-screen apps, and a tabletop mode so you can sit it on a table like a laptop.
What do we think of it?
In our early hands-on Pixel Fold review, we said “it looks like the experience may be a cut above what Samsung currently offers with the Galaxy Z Fold 4."
But what really stood out was the design: it’s much smaller and more pocketable than Samsung’s folding phone, but also more usable. “It's like they're not in the same class,” said US Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff.
But we still have concerns over the chunky bezel inside, the crease down the center of the screen, and that it doesn’t go totally flat when unfolded. Check back for our full review soon.
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