Google has confirmed the existence of its first foldable phone, the Pixel Fold. After months of rumors and leaks, the company posted a video on Twitter and YouTube showing off the foldable in an official capacity for the first time. The Pixel Fold is expected to be fully revealed at Google I/O, which starts on May 10th.
The Pixel Fold features a vertical hinge that opens up to reveal a tablet-like display, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold devices. It has a smaller touchscreen on one side of the exterior that can be used when the phone is closed, and a camera array on the rear. The device is said to run on Google’s Tensor G2 chipset, which is also found in Pixel 7 devices.
According to reports, the Pixel Fold will start at $1,700 and could be available as soon as next month. The external screen measures 5.8 inches, while the internal display measures 7.6 inches. Rumors suggest that the device will have a battery life of up to 24 hours based on regular use, and up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver mode enabled.
While the pricing and specs have yet to be confirmed, the Pixel Fold’s vertical hinge design may raise concerns about durability. Samsung faced similar issues with its early foldable devices, and it remains to be seen whether Google has learned from those mistakes. We’ll learn more about the Pixel Fold at Google I/O, which starts on May 10th.