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Google has entered the foldable phone market with its latest Pixel Fold smartphone, offering users a unique device that combines the utility of its popular Pixel line with a folding design. The Pixel Fold features a 7.6-inch screen that expands into a sleek tablet, providing a larger display for tasks such as watching shows, reading books, or playing games.
When closed, the Pixel Fold looks like a conventional smartphone that easily fits into a pocket or purse. However, when opened, it unveils a stunning 7.6-inch screen that has a slimmer profile than any other foldable phone currently available in the market. The exterior screen on the Pixel Fold is 1080 x 2092 pixels, while the interior display measures 2208 x 1840 pixels.
Google has ingeniously redesigned the majority of the Pixel components, including the camera, battery, speakers, and haptic technology, to fit within the slender profile of the Pixel Fold. Additionally, the custom-built hinge contributes to the phone’s thinness while simultaneously doubling as the most durable hinge available. Finally, the Pixel Fold has an IPX8 rating for water resistance, providing added protection against accidental spills.
One of the most significant advantages of the Pixel Fold is the ability to perform all of the typical tasks from a Pixel phone, such as responding to messages, browsing the internet via Chrome, and utilizing Google’s Call Assist features, which include Direct My Call, Call Screen, Hold for Me, and Clear Calling, using the external screen. Once fully unfolded, the interior screen on Pixel Fold provides all of the advantages of a tablet.
Many apps are optimized to utilize the larger screen fully, allowing for an immersive experience when watching shows, reading books, or playing games. Additionally, the expanded screen provides extra space to get more tasks done. The Taskbar can seamlessly switch between apps or handle dragging compatible apps into a split screen mode to multitask.
Users can also move files between different applications, such as transferring photos from Google Photos to Messages and Slides, while in split-screen mode. The Taskbar is dynamic and disappears when users are done with it.
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The Pixel Fold offers a range of camera features, including Super Res Zoom with 5x optical zoom, Real Tone, Night Sight, and Portrait photography. Additionally, the phone provides professional-level modes found in Pixel 7 Pro, such as 10-bit HDR video. The exterior screen on the Pixel Fold can achieve a brightness of up to 1550 nits, while the interior display can reach up to 1450 nits, making both screens easily visible outdoors.
The Pixel Fold is available for pre-order at a price of $1,799, which includes a free Wi-Fi Google Pixel Watch. Customers who pre-order today can expect their devices to arrive as soon as June 27. With its sleek design and innovative features, the Pixel Fold has already generated excitement among tech enthusiasts, and it will be interesting to see how it fares against its competitors in the foldable phone market.