It looks like we’re one step closer to the Google Pixel Fold rumor, thanks to the discovery of a new patent by 91 Cell phones (opens in new tab) which suggests that the proposed foldable will differ from Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 in one important way.
According to the diagrams included in the patent, which were submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in June 2021, the Pixel Fold will have a similar shape to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The images show a device with a comparable hinge mechanism that opens like a book to reveal a tablet-style inner screen.
Where the Pixel Fold will differ, however, is that it will apparently house its internal selfie camera within a thicker-than-usual bezel around the display, rather than trying Samsung’s lower-screen approach. You can check out the patent diagrams below.
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So why the thick frame?
While it’s generally accepted that Samsung mostly got the ‘phone that folds into a mini tablet’ form factor right with its Galaxy Z Fold range, the device’s high-end selfie camera is considered a point of contention for some users.
Introduced with last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3, the under-display camera is undoubtedly impressive from an aesthetic point of view, allowing users to view the device’s large 7.6-inch screen completely unobstructed.
That said, there’s a trade-off when it comes to selfie image quality, resulting in lower resolution images that require a lot of post-processing to produce merely adequate results. This also makes the device’s internal camera less than ideal for video chatting.
Given that Google’s handsets are known for their exceptional cameras, it’s no surprise that the search giant is looking to avoid this hurdle by incorporating a traditional selfie camera into the bezel of its own foldable device.
Whether this aesthetic concession will be worth it remains to be seen, though we imagine Google’s selfie ability will be less affected than Samsung’s whenever the Pixel Fold ends up being announced. Of course, none of that is confirmed at this stage, so we’ll have to wait and see.