While there's been little left to wonder about when it comes to Google's forthcoming debut foldable, a new series of apparent leaks leaves nothing to the imagination; filling in and all but confirming everything from the release timeline to official colorways, storage options, key features, and price.
Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech has time and again brought robust leaks to his YouTube channel and despite having already served as one of the main sources of unofficial Google Pixel Fold information in the past, he's back with everything that he hadn't covered previously.
Google Pixel Fold possible availability
In Prosser's seven-minute video, we learn that (at the time of writing, at least) Google apparently plans to formally tease the Pixel Fold first, on April 26; ahead of its expected unveiling at its Google IO 2023 developer conference, scheduled for May 10.
Pre-orders will then kick off immediately after it's unveiled at IO, although this will exclusively take place through Google's own web stores; until May 30 that is, when carrier pre-orders will then become available (all according to Prosser's sources). It's assumed that with Prosser being Stateside, he's referring to US carriers specifically, with dates likely to vary by market, beyond Google's in-house Google Store pre-order programme. Availability is then slated for a fair while later, on June 27.
Google Pixel Fold possible price, storage and colors
Beyond dates, Prosser also doubled down on the colorways the Pixel Fold is expected to come in, with two: Chalk (white) and Obsidian (black), and yes, these finishes are tied to specific storage configurations.
What most would consider an eye-wateringly expensive starting price of $1,799 (approximately £1,450 / AU$2,685) appears to hold true in this latest batch of leaks; with the baseline Pixel Fold arriving with 256GB of internal storage and up for grabs in either finish. A beefier 512GB version, meanwhile, will also purportedly be made available, sold exclusively in Obsidian. The price? $1,919 (approximately £1,545 / AU$2,865).
Google Pixel Fold possible specs
As well as offering up new insights into the potential release plans of the Pixel Fold, Prosser spent the rest of the video retreading and reinforcing existing leaks on hardware details, as well as dipping into some of the key features and software experiences the marketing around the Fold will apparently highlight.
Here's the rumored spec sheet, based solely on the details of this latest video:
|Row 0 - Cell 1|
|Dimensions (closed):||139.7 × 78.74 × 12.7mm (5.5 × 3.1 × 0.5-inch)|
|Cover screen:||5.8-inch 17.4:9 Full HD+ (2092 x 1080) 120Hz "Smooth Display" OLED w/ 408ppi|
|Main screen:||7.6-inch 6:5 2208 x 1840 120Hz "Smooth Display" OLED w/ 380ppi|
|Chipset:||Google Tensor G2 (+ Titan M2 security chip)|
|Storage:||256GB / 512GB|
|Primary camera:||48MP, f/1.7, 1/2-inch sensor, 82º FoV, 0.8μm pixels + OIS|
|Ultrawide camera:||10.8MP, f/2.2, 121.1º FoV, 1.25μm pixels + "lens correction"|
|Telephoto camera:||10.8MP, f/3.05, 21.9º FoV, 1.22μm pixels, 5x optical zoom + 20x "Super Res Zoom"|
|Front camera (cover screen):||9.5MP, f/2.2, fixed focus, 84º FoV, 1.22μm pixels|
|Front camera (main screen):||8MP, f/2.0, fixed focus, 84º FoV, 1.12μm pixels|
|Battery:||"Beyond 24-hour battery life" + up to 72 hours w/ Extreme Battery Saver|
If correct, a big selling point of the camera experience will be how fast it can boot up, while the system is also said to sport an LDAF (laser-based autofocus) system and familiar Pixel photography software features, like Rear Camera Selfie, Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Long Exposure and Real Tone.
Video capture supposedly tops out at 4K at 30fps or Full HD at 60fps from the Pixel Fold's primary camera, while the body of this hotly-anticipated foldable also plays host to a USB-C port and a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor.
All that's left now is to see whether the information Prosser's sources have provided him holds water, with our next expected glimpse likely taking place next Wednesday, before the phone's full reveal on May 10.