YouTuber Dave2D has gotten hold of a plastic model of the Pixel Fold, whose dimensions supposedly match those of the real device, although it is not a working device.
This is likely a mockup used by accessory manufacturers to make sure their products fit well on the device it’s made for, so in theory it should match the measurements of the actual smartphone.
The overall design matches the Pixel Fold renders we’ve seen, with a front screen and inner screen layout that looks familiar to anyone who’s taken a look at current foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The Google flair comes through in the horizontal bulge of the camera. It has rounded edges that don’t meet the sides of the phone, unlike the Pixel 7 series, but is otherwise very similar. Although it’s not clear from the mockup, it’s believed that the Pixel Fold will have three rear cameras, covering the usual wide-angle, ultra-wide and telephoto functions.
As for the front cameras, it seems there will be either no camera or a hole-punch selfie on the front screen, and then one on the top frame of the inner screen, according to previous rumours. The bezels are considerably thicker than the screens of other foldable phones.
The screens themselves, in line with other rumors, are a 5.7-inch front and a 7.67-inch interior. Comparing the Pixel Fold to existing foldables, it looks more like the mid-size Oppo Find N2 than the larger, taller Galaxy Z Fold4 or Honor Magic VS.
Despite the generous screen size, the Pixel Fold appears to be quite thin. The model, as Dave2D shows us, it measures just 5.7mm deep unfolded, or 8.7mm if you include the camera bump. For comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold4 measures 6.3mm unfolded, the Honor Magic Vs 6.1mm and the Oppo Find N2 7.4mm.
One of the biggest problems with folding screens is how they have creases running along the hinge, often quite noticeable. Although the model doesn’t use an actual screen or hinge, the Pixel Fold is rumored to have a Waterdrop-style hinge design allows the phone to be fully closed, without any wrinkles like you see on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The Galaxy Z Fold5 is also rumored to feature a similar waterdrop hinge, so it looks like the race for the wrinkle-free foldable phone is on.
Dave 2D also points out how the speaker holes in the mockup are located on the top left and bottom right of the phone. It might not sound like a big deal, but he points out that this should mean you’d get stereo sound whether you hold your phone vertically or horizontally.
If all this sounds good to you, keep in mind that it has been rumored a price between 1,700 and 1,800 dollars, which will result in a higher amount in euros.
While we expect more Pixel Fold leaks to continue to surface in the coming months, we may get an official announcement of the phone at Google I/O 2023, which would presumably be in May as it has been in previous years. It would likely launch alongside the Pixel 7a.
If not, we might have to wait until October, the month of the annual Made by Google event, where we could see the Pixel Fold appear alongside the next installment in the Pixel 8 series.