The Google I/O 2023 is fast approaching and is expected to happen on May 10th, which is less than a month away. With the date looming close, more information about the highly anticipated and rumored Pixel Fold is being released. Thanks to leaked documents, exactly how Google plans to take on Samsung with its first foldable phone has been revealed. The leaked documents were obtained by CNBC, who leaked the details.
Reportedly, the phone is expected to come with a hefty price tag of $1700. This information corroborates previous rumors, suggesting that the Pixel Fold will cost around $1799, placing it in the same price range as the Galaxy Z Fold. This price is a bold move from the company since they are known to offer flagship phones at marginally lower prices than its competitors. It is also one of the reasons why Pixels are widely used.
To offset this price, the company is reportedly offering incentives, such as trade-ins and even a free Pixel Watch with the purchase of a foldable. Still, it seems like Google is offering many features to offset the price shock. According to CNBC, the Pixel Fold will be water-resistant, something not many other foldable phones can claim. The only other company that has managed to achieve IPX8 is Huwawei with their Mate X3. The report did not give any information about the IP rating for the Fold.
The Pixel Fold will also allegedly have the most durable hinge ever seen on a foldable phone. This feature, in particular, is a shot at Samsung as the latter pride themselves on the durability of their phones. The Fold is also expected to be pocket-sized with a 5.8-inch external display and a folding display measuring 7.6 inches. Despite the small form factor, the Pixel Fold is expected to weigh more than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at 10oz.
The heavy weight is probably because of the large battery capable of powering the phone for 24 hours with regular use and up to 72 hours when used in low-power mode. Based on the information revealed by CNBC, the Pixel Fold may be one of the very few foldable phones to give Samsung some real competition.