Reviews: The Google Pixel Fold is Different

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The Pixel Fold is interesting, for what it’s worth! It appears more robust than other foldable and has a longer battery life. Do you want to purchase it? Yes, if you want a foldable phone. Given that this is a first-generation folding phone, you may want to wait a few of weeks to see whether there are any significant durability problems.

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Google Pixel Fold Intro

Google has finally entered the folding phone market with its very own foldable phone, literally years after rumors and aspirations first surfaced. Google Pixel Fold is the company’s first folding phone, and unlike the other Pixel models, it is a high-end, pricey smartphone that does not hesitate to compete with the best in the market in terms of both price and functionality.

Starting at $1,800, the Pixel Fold is clearly not a surprise. Has Google made up for Samsung’s four-year lead in the market for folding phones given that this costs exactly the same as its largest rival, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4?

The main question about the Pixel Fold is this, and Google begins setting itself apart from the Samsung foldable right away. Like the Galaxy Fold, the Pixel Fold folds like a book but is smaller in size. There are a number of really cool software features that make excellent use of this phone’s ability to stand on its own, in addition to the fact that it is less tall, has a wider and possibly more comfortable outer screen, has a more durable hinge that Google engineered, and is also wider and bigger.

Google Pixel Fold Specifications

ProcessorGoogle Tensor G2
Rear Camera48 MP + 10.8 MP + 10 MP
Front Camera8 MP + 10 MP
Battery4821 mAh
Display7.6 inches (19.3 cm)
Launch DateSeptember 28, 2023 (Expected)
Operating SystemAndroid v13
ChipsetGoogle Tensor G2
CPUOcta core (2.85 GHz, Dual core, Cortex X1 + 2.35 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A78 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)
Architecture64 bit
Fabrication5 nm
GraphicsMali-G710 MP7
Best in Class 
Height158.7 mm Compare Size 
Width139.7 mm
Thickness5.8 mm
Best in Class 
Weight283 grams
Build MaterialBack: Gorilla Glass
ColoursPorcelain, Obsidian
WaterproofYes, Water resistant, IPX8
Camera SetupTriple
Resolution48 MP f/1.7, Wide Angle (82° field-of-view), Primary Camera(25 mm focal length, 2″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size)10.8 MP f/2.2, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera(3″ sensor size, 1.25µm pixel size)10 MP f/3.05, Telephoto Camera(3.1″ sensor size, 1.22µm pixel size)
AutofocusYes, Phase Detection autofocus, Laser autofocus
FlashYes, LED Flash
Image Resolution8000 x 6000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuous Shooting
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom
Auto Flash
Face detection
Touch to focus
Video Recording3840×2160 @ 30 fps
1920×1080 @ 30 fps
Camera SetupDual
Resolution8 MP f/2.0, Wide Angle, Primary Camera(24 mm focal length, 1.12µm pixel size)10 MP f/2.2, Wide Angle Camera(1.22µm pixel size)
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording3840×2160 @ 30 fps
1920×1080 @ 30 fps
Capacity4821 mAh
Wireless ChargingYes
Quick ChargingYes, Fast, 30W
USB Type-CYes
Internal Memory256 GB
Best in Class 
Expandable MemoryNo
Storage TypeUFS 3.1
Network & Connectivity
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: eSIM
Network Support5G Supported in India, 4G Supported in India, 3G, 2G
5G Bands:
FDD N1 / N2 / N3 / N5 / N7 / N8 / N14 / N20 / N25 / N28 / N30
TDD N38 / N40 / N41 / N48 / N66 / N71 / N75 / N76 / N77 / N78 / N79
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) / 3500(band 42)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 14) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26) / 700(band 29) / 2300(band 30)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
5G Bands:
FDD N1 / N2 / N3 / N5 / N7 / N8 / N12 / N14 / N20 / N25 / N28 / N30
TDD N38 / N40 / N41 / N48 / N66 / N71 / N75 / N76 / N77 / N78 / N79
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) / 3500(band 42)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 14) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26) / 700(band 29) / 2300(band 30)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) 5GHz, MIMO
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
BluetoothYes, v5.2
GPSYes with A-GPS, Glonass
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
Fingerprint SensorYes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionSide
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope

The Pixel Fold’s thinner form than the Galaxy and roughly 10% bigger battery capacity are two of its unique technical advantages. But because it weighs more, no physical rules were ignored.


Google Pixel Fold Design and Colors

The Pixel Fold is actually thinner and smaller than the Galaxy Fold in terms of design, making it simpler to slip into a pocket. The Google foldable weighs 10 ounces, which is a substantial amount (283 grams). You can’t fit all of it in your pocket! Also, the Pixel Fold immediately distinguishes itself as a member of the Pixel family thanks to the familiar camera bar on the rear of the device.


Durability is always a major worry with foldable, so we are happy that Google claims the Pixel Fold’s hinge is far more sturdy than the Galaxy Fold 4’s. The greatest judgment will undoubtedly come with time, but thus far, this is encouraging. There are two color options for the Google foldable: porcelain and obsidian, which are effectively white and black variants.

Pixel Fold Display

As the Pixel Fold outer screen is broader than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 form factor, you have more room for typing, which is a typical gripe. You are greeted by a large 7.6-inch primary screen when you flip it open. Strangely, the primary display has a very large bezel that somewhat detracts from the overall appearance. On the other foldable, we haven’t seen anything nearly this large. While it is not a good aesthetic and we are unsure whether it was done on purpose, it could prevent inadvertent touches when you pick up the phone.

Positively, the outer screen and the main panel both have refresh rates of up to 120Hz for silky-smooth scrolling. Is there a “crease” there? Indeed, it seems to be one feature that just comes with the folding function at this point.

As Samsung does with its Fold series of phones, Google uses a fingerprint scanner that is integrated into the power key on the side of the device.

Google Pixel Fold Camera

It’s clear that the camera bar on the rear is what draws attention since it stands out visibly. It has three rear cameras that are remarkably similar to those found in the Pixel 7 Pro. They include the primary (wide) camera, an ultra-wide camera, and a 5X zoom periscope lens.


Both the primary, tablet-sized screen and the selfie camera on the Pixel Fold are touchscreens. Even so, because you can easily turn the phone over so that the back is facing you and the cover display serves as a viewfinder, it is really preferable to utilize the primary cameras for even better quality selfies. Cool!

Google Pixel Fold Performance and Benchmarks

The Google Tensor G2 processor, which also powers the Pixel 7 series and, yes, the Pixel 7a, is the same chip that powers the Pixel Fold. And it’s perhaps the most contentious choice Google made with the Pixel Fold: a very expensive, high-end phone that uses the same processor as a $500 phone. It doesn’t sound right at all.

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Indeed, the Tensor G2 is a perfectly good chip on its own, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor—which is anticipated to power the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5—is a class above! So, the Pixel Fold is not the quickest device available if you care about long-term performance, executing more demanding jobs, or playing games.

The Pixel Fold basic model features 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage as standard, but you can upgrade to 512GB of storage for a little higher price. It also contains 12GB of the newest LPDDR5 RAM.

Google Pixel Fold Software and Android Version

The Google Pixel Fold software is another unique feature of this place. This is Google’s first foldable device, and it has a variety of innovative features that make use of the folding design, including:


  • Tabletop mode: To view videos, just set your Pixel Fold on a table and prop it halfway open. This is excellent for use with YouTube since one half of the screen displays the video and the other provides easy controls (the controls will come with an app update).
  • Tabletop photography mode enables you to capture pictures of yourself and your guests without a tripod by setting a timer and leaving the phone on a table. use this for astrophotography as well since you can aim the cameras up into the sky and capture images of the known universe!
  • Rear Selfie Camera: For the best selfie quality on a Pixel, use the exterior screen as a viewfinder and take a selfie using the phone’s primary cameras.
  • Dual Screen Interpreter: By translating on both screens simultaneously, the other person can see your translated sentences on the outer screen while you are still speaking.

We are also interested to see how a foldable phone handles multitasking in general and split screens in particular. The Pixel Fold will get software upgrades for how many years? Google guarantees five years of security updates, but we still don’t know how long it will get significant OS upgrades.

Google Pixel Fold Battery

The Pixel Fold’s bulky weight is undoubtedly a drawback, but on the other side, it makes it possible to have a battery that is over 10% bigger than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. The Pixel Fold’s battery capacity is increased to 4,821mAh from the 4,400mAh seen in the Samsung Fold 4. It is a significant increase, particularly for a tiny phone.


According to official data, the Pixel Fold’s battery life is as follows: In order to official data, the Pixel Fold’s battery life is as follows: In low-power mode, up to 72 hours are possible.

Google Pixel Fold Audio Quality and Haptics

Due to their larger size than conventional slab phones, folding phones may employ loudspeakers of better quality. As opposed to, for instance, the Galaxy S series, Galaxy Fold phones have consistently had superior audio.

For the Pixel Fold, we expect a loudspeaker system that is just as powerful, although we are yet unsure of the Pixel Fold’s actual audio characteristics or quality.

Google Pixel Fold Overview

It’s exciting to see Google enter the foldable phone market. The only foldable phone that is officially offered in the West is the Pixel Fold, despite the fact that numerous Chinese businesses have developed outstanding models. We prefer the phone’s thin design, broader form factor, strong hinge, and water resistance because it makes more sense than the Galaxy does. 


We simply aren’t sure whether that astronomically expensive $1,800 price is reasonable given the slower Tensor G2 CPU inside, and those who purchase this phone should be aware that it is one of the heaviest foldable phones available.

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