After multiple false launches, the Google Pixel Fold finally seems to be on its way, and now a mockup of the device’s case gives us more insight into what the physical hardware, hinge, and internal display will bring.
YouTuber Dave2D got his hands on a sample of the Google Pixel Fold, which he says is “fairly accurate” to the actual Google device. While this model lacks any real smartphone hardware, the design and form factor is consistent with previous leaks.
The case mockup here shows a device that’s remarkably thin at 5.7mm, 0.6mm thinner than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 when it’s open. We also get a good look at the device in hand when it’s closed, confirming that the display will be wider than Samsung’s Fold devices, as we’ve shown based on dimensions in some previous models.
Related to: Google’s Pixel Fold will be a bigger Oppo Find N2.
A better look inside the device also shows that Google’s device will have some thick bezels on the internal display, at least by modern standards. This allows the phone to have a camera that isn’t built into the screen, using a notch or low-profile technology. The rims measured about 5-6mm. Below you can see what the device looks like with those alleged bezels.
The video also takes a look at the hinge, seemingly confirming that Google’s foldable device won’t have a gap like Samsung’s devices have today, but will instead close. This suggests that Google will use a ‘waterdrop’ style hinge, similar to the Oppo Find N2, where the screen recedes slightly into the hinge when the phone is closed. Samsung is rumored to be moving to a similar design to the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to help reduce visible screen creases.
Dave2D says he’s been told the Pixel Fold will have a hinge similar to the Oppo Find N series.
The video goes on to point out that the speakers are placed on the top left and bottom right of both sides, which could result in better stereo sound for both orientations. Samsung’s folding speakers are placed at the top and bottom of the left side of the device (when unfolded), while Oppo places its speakers at the bottom of both halves.
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