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Google Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a: prices and launch date

The Google Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a are both set to be unveiled together at the company’s annual developer conference, as new leaks reveal. On May 10th at the Google I/O we will supposedly see the official presentation of both Google’s first foldable and the search engine group’s next mid-range mobile phone.

According to “internal documents and images”, the Google Pixel Fold will have “the most durable hinge on a foldable”. It’s also marketed as waterproof, although it’s unclear exactly what official rating is on board. The outer display has a size of 5.8 inches while the main display opens up to a diagonal of 7.6 inches.

The Google Pixel Fold reportedly weighs 283g and appears to have a bigger battery than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold4, but it’s also heavier. According to the marketing materials, the battery life is 24 hours or up to 72 hours in low-power mode. The documents also confirm that the Pixel Fold will be powered by a Tensor G2 chipset.

The Google Pixel 7a, on the other hand, is rumored to come with a new 64-megapixel main camera alongside a 13-megapixel ultra-wide cam. A Tensor G2 processor is also under discussion here. The display refreshes at 90Hz and we get support for wireless charging.

Prices

Although the new Google phones might be announced together, they won’t be released at the same time. The Google Pixel 7a is slated to go on sale right after the reveal at I/O for $499 (€456). There are four color options called Charcoal, Snow, Sea, and Coral, with the latter being a Google Store exclusive. That would be a $50 increase compared to the Google Pixel 6a, which is interestingly set to stay on the market even after the Pixel 7a launched. It will probably be cheaper from May 10th.

The Google Pixel Fold is said to cost “over $1,700,” which aligns well with the previously leaked price of $1,799. To mitigate the high price, Google is reportedly throwing in a free Pixel Watch. Additionally, the Californians will offer trade-in options. Pre-orders begin May 10 on the Google Store and May 30 on carriers. However, it won’t be available until June 27th.

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