Don’t expect the Pixel Fold to be introduced during this May’s Google I/O
Render of the Pixel Fold
The delay could mean that the Fold gets the latest Tensor chip and Android 14
The Pixel Fold will be powered by the same SoC that runs the Pixel 7 line, the Google Tensor 2. Certainly not the most powerful chipset found under the hood of a smartphone this year, the Tensor 2 allows the Pixel 7 series to be equipped with many of the AI-related features it offers including one that restores old, blurry photos and makes them clear and sharp. These photos can be from other cameras and phones.
And the Tensor 2 also drives the Face Unlock face-recognition feature although Google won’t allow it to be used to verify transactions made using the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro. The delay makes us wonder about a couple of things for the Pixel Fold. With a possible October release we could see Android 14 pre-installed instead of Android 13 and the Pixel Fold could end up powered by the Tensor 3 instead of the Deux. After all, we would expect these specs for the Pixel 8 line and they both could be unveiled side-by-side in October.
The Pixel Fold isn’t going to be cheap with pricing expected to be similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s $1,799 for the most basic configuration which should include 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.