A new video showcases the potential benefits of Google’s first foldable phone, the Pixel Fold, in comparison to Samsung’s successful folding phones.
Dave2D, a popular YouTuber, claims to have obtained a blank reference model of the phone that is correct to scale. This is the type of information that may be made available to accessory makers in advance of a device’s release in order to allow them to create cases for it.
If this is true, then we know a lot more about the Pixel Fold’s capabilities and internal design. The 5.79-inch cover display on the Google Pixel Fold may be more manageable with one hand than on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 due, in part, to the device’s shorter and larger screen. What’s more, the 7.67-inch folding screen is widescreen and can be used in landscape mode.
As with the Pixel 7 series, this model is very small, measuring in at only 5.7mm at its thinnest point when open and 8.7mm with the camera block included.
The hinge seems promising as well, folding such that there is no significant gap between the two screen halves, which should make the crease in the screen less obvious than on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, but this cannot be confirmed with a blank dummy device.
An further design choice that stands out is the Pixel Fold’s dual speakers, which are placed on opposite sides of the device (when held open in portrait) so that you can enjoy them no matter how you hold the device.
It seems that the rear camera bar can accommodate three lenses. The cover screen may include a punch-hole camera, and there’s a lens in the top right bezel, above the foldable screen.
The high top and bottom bezels of the shown Pixel Fold might make it seem less premium than competing foldables, which brings us to our next point: the Pixel Fold’s primary flaw.
The large bezels may conceal an underlying strength
As we said up above, the large bezels here might be perceived as a problem, but they could also turn out to be a strength since, as Dave2D points out, Google likely settled on this design in an effort to save costs.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799 / £1,649 / AU$2,449, and the price increases if you want extra storage space, as is typical with foldable phones of this size type in general.
If Google can reduce the cost of the phone by incorporating reasonably broad bezels—Dave2D estimates that this may be a $200 to $300 difference—then doing so would be desirable, since it could make this phone much more accessible to a wider audience.
This, together with the Pixel Fold’s potential benefits above Samsung’s top foldable (such as an easier-to-use form factor and a less noticeable crease), suggests that Google may have created a top-tier folding smartphone.
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