According to new leaks, Google is set to reveal its first foldable smartphone and its upcoming mid-range device at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, on May 10.
The Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a will be introduced together, but they will not be released simultaneously.
The Pixel 7a will be available for purchase immediately after the announcement for $499, and it will come in four colors: Charcoal, Snow, Sea, and Coral (the latter being exclusive to the Google Store). This is a $50 price increase compared to its predecessor, the Pixel 6a, which will still be available for purchase.
The Pixel 7a is rumored to feature a 64 MP main camera, a 13 MP ultrawide lens, the Tensor G2 SoC, a 90 Hz refresh rate display, and wireless charging support.
On the other end of the price spectrum, the Pixel Fold is expected to cost $1,799. Pre-orders will start on May 10 on the Google Store, and from carriers on May 30. However, the device will not be available until June 27.
In this report, it is claimed that the Google Pixel Fold, the company’s first foldable smartphone, will have a price tag of “upward of $1,700,” which is consistent with a previous leak of $1,799. To entice buyers, Google will reportedly offer a free Pixel Watch and a trade-in option.
According to internal documents and images, the Pixel Fold will feature “the most durable hinge on a foldable” and will be marketed as water-resistant, although it is uncertain what standard it will adhere to. The device will have an outer screen of 5.8 inches and an inner screen that expands to 7.6 inches.
The Pixel Fold will reportedly weigh 10 ounces (283g) and have a larger battery than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold4, despite being heavier. The marketing materials claim that the battery will last for up to 24 hours, or up to 72 hours in low-power mode. The documents also confirm that the Pixel Fold will be powered by the Tensor G2 chipset.
The Google Pixel Fold is expected to be officially announced at the Google I/O developer conference on May 10.