The model with a Google Pixel Fold case shows a hinge and frame

The model with a Google Pixel Fold case shows a hinge and frame

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After many false starts, the Google Pixel Fold finally seems to be on its way, and now a mockup of the device’s case gives us further insight into what the physical hardware, hinge, and internal display will bring.

YouTuber Dave2D received what appears to be a mock-up of the Google Pixel Fold case, which it claims is “dimensionally accurate” to the actual device Google is working on. While this model lacks any actual smartphone hardware, the design and form factor make up for it compare with previous leaks.

The case mockup here shows a device that’s remarkably thin at 5.7mm, 0.6mm thinner than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 when unfolded. We also get a good look at the device in hand when it’s closed, confirming that the screen will be wider than Samsung’s Fold devices, as we’ve shown in some previous mockups based on dimensions.

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A better look at the inside of the device also strongly suggests that Google’s device will have somewhat thick bezels, at least by today’s standards, on the internal display. This allows the phone to have a camera that is not built into the display using a notch or sub-display technology. The bezels measured about 5-6mm. A mockup of what the device looks like with these alleged bezels can be seen below.

The video also gives a look at the hinge, seemingly confirming that Google’s foldable unit won’t have a gap like Samsung’s devices today, instead closing flush. This means Google will use a waterdrop-style hinge similar to the Oppo Find N2, where the display retracts slightly into the hinge when the phone is closed. Samsung is rumored to be moving to a similar design on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to help reduce the visible crease of the display.

Dave2D says he’s been told the Pixel Fold will have a hinge similar to the Oppo Find N series.

The video goes on to point out that the speakers are placed in the upper left and lower right corners of both sides, which can result in better stereo sound in both orientations. Samsung’s foldables position the speakers at the top and bottom of the left side of the device (when unfolded), while Oppo positions its speakers at the bottom of both halves.

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