Samsung has dominated the global foldable market for far too long and if there is one company that could bring the heat on them, then it’s Google. According to a new report, Google could launch its Pixel Fold foldable phone that same period with when Samsung will launch the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
This means that the Google Pixel Fold will give the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 a run for its money. There have been other players in the foldable smartphone market but many are too scared to launch their foldable phones in the global market.
OPPO just launched its second-generation foldable phone the OPPO Find N2 and made it a China-exclusive device. Xiaomi and vivo did the same thing with the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 and vivo X Fold+. Even though these foldable phones are great devices, the companies have allowed Samsung to dominate the global foldable market. Well, it seems that is about to change in 2023.
Google Pixel Fold new launch timeline
A new report has surfaced suggesting that Google will launch its Pixel Fold smartphone globally around the same time period that Samsung will launch the Z Fold 5. According to the report, mass production for the Pixel Fold will begin in July.
This is known because an insider tipped that Google has ordered the Samsung display needed for the Google Pixel Fold’s 7.57-inch foldable OLED display panel, as well as the 5.6-inch cover screen. Samsung Display is expected to start making these displays in July or August.
If the report above is correct, then we could see the Pixel Fold in stores by September or October this year. And this will be around the same time that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Remember that Samsung usually launches its foldable phones in August but the company has moved the launch date by about a month in 2021 and 2022.
Google Pixel Fold specs (Rumored)
As stated above, the Pixel Fold will have a 7.6-inch internal foldable display and a 5.6-inch cover/external screen with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. However, it might not be the latest OLED technology that Samsung will use in its Galaxy Z Fold 5.
Under the helm, the Pixel Fold will rock the Google Tensor G2 chipset paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. This chipset is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that is expected to power the Z Fold 5 but is great in terms of AI and image processing.
The Google Pixel Fold might boot the fresh Android 14L out of the box and if the ABC Company works on its UI, it might be one of the best UI and user experiences in a foldable smartphone yet. Given the fact that Pixel phones are usually cheaper, the Pixel Fold could have great software optimizations, more AI capabilities, and also be more affordable than the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
So, Google could launch its foldable phone in the same time period that Samsung would launch its foldable phone. The Google foldable phone could have impressive UI, great software experience, great in terms of AI and image processing, and might be cheaper. It’s safe to say that the Google Pixel Fold gives the Samsung Z Fold 5 a run for its money this year.