The Google Pixel Fold is rumored to be heavier than any other mainstream folding phone, but that could be a good thing for buyers. Leaks, rumors, and speculation about the Pixel Fold have revealed some aspects of the upcoming device, although other details remain under wraps for now. The device is expected to launch towards the end of the year, as production is unlikely to start as early as previously reported. The delay is said to be due to Google’s insistence on fine-tuning specific aspects of the device, to make it as bug-free from the start as possible.
Unnamed sources cited by 9to5Google claim that the Pixel Fold will be heavier than the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which is currently the heaviest folding smartphone. The report goes on to claim that thanks to its weight, the Pixel Fold can be considered a small tablet, rather than a folding smartphone. While the Samsung foldable weighs a hefty 263g, the original Surface Duo is 250g, and the Oppo Find N weighs 237g.
Pixel Fold Battery Rumor
While the massive heft could be a problem, there’s a good reason for it. The Pixel Fold is also tipped to sport a larger battery than any other mainstream smartphone, with rumors suggesting that the device could ship with a decent-sized, for a foldable, battery of close to 5,000mAh. This would make the battery in the Pixel Fold larger than the unit found in the Oppo Find N2, which currently holds the top position in terms of battery capacity among foldable devices with its 4,520mAh battery.
Folding devices typically come with smaller batteries compared to their mainstream counterparts, resulting in relatively poor screen-on time by modern standards. If Google can address that situation with a bigger Pixel Fold battery, potential buyers will likely welcome the move and accept the additional weight as a necessary compromise for better battery life. A larger battery is especially important for a dual-screen device like the Pixel Fold, which will likely consume much more power than standard phones. In addition, the Tensor G2, expected to power the first-generation Pixel Fold, isn’t as power-efficient as comparable chips from Apple and Qualcomm, meaning the Pixel Fold will likely need all the help it can get in the battery department.
While the 4,400mAh battery in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers impressive battery life, the less-efficient chip in the Pixel Fold means that it might not offer better battery life than the Z Fold 4, despite the larger cells. Either way, the Pixel Fold is still several months away from becoming official, so it will be interesting to see what other rumors emerge about it in the run-up to its launch.
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