The Google Pixel Fold is Rumored to Feature a Durable Hinge and Be Waterproof

Google is expected to unveil the Pixel Fold this May 10. While most of the design, key specifications, and price of the Pixel-branded foldable have already been revealed, it is only right now that we are learning details about its hinge and water-resistant rating.

Citing CNBC and internal documents from Google, the Pixel Fold is said to feature a rugged hinge. At the same time, it was specified that the mechanical component on the search giant’s foldable is even tougher compared to what’s found in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (review). The report also touted that it will be the ‘most durable’ hinge in today’s foldable smartphones.

Google to add water-proofing on the Pixel Fold

Furthermore, the same source added that Google’s first foldable will be water-resistant as well. However, it didn’t mention what is the ingress certification used in the Pixel Fold.

Just to compare, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are the only current foldables with IPX8 waterproofing, meaning you can dunk them in water up to 1.5 meters in depth without any worry. It is rumored the Galaxy Z Fold 5 would also include dust protection for the very first time.

Render images of Google Pixel Fold 2023
Google Pixel Fold based on recreated renders / © FrontPageTech

The Google Pixel Fold will have a premium price

As for the other information, the Pixel Fold is tipped to be fitted with next-gen OLED panels from Samsung. It is also believed that this display is brighter and more efficient than what Samsung plans to use in its upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 5. The Pixel Fold will share the Tensor G2 chipset found in the Pixel 7a and Pixel 7 (Pro), while its camera modules should be identical to the latter.

Google plans to release the Pixel Fold in June, although pre-orders will start around in May right after the announcement. Word on the street has it that the foldable Pixel will cost $1,799 a pop, which is on par with the base model of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. 

With these features, do you think Google is right in commanding a premium price for the Pixel Fold? Would you consider getting one of these at launch? Tell us in the comments.

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