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Google steps into the foldable smartphone market

Tech Tools: The Google Pixel Fold suggests foldable phones are here to stay


Google’s newest phone is its first foray into the foldable phone market. Once deemed a novelty, it seems as if foldable phones are here to stay.

Google has followed a familiar design path. When closed, the Pixel Fold looks like a standard – albeit thicker – smartphone; then it opens up to a 7.6-inch display that has all the benefits of a tablet. Tabletop mode allows you to watch streaming video content, or capture photos and videos without having to bring in a stand or tripod.

Speaking of photos, the Pixel Fold includes all the advanced camera features of the Pixel line – Super Res Zoom with 5x optical zoom, Real Tone, Night Sight and Portrait photography. You also get Magic Eraser and Photo Unblur in Google Photos to ensure you get the best images possible.


The bad news? There are no firm plans as yet to offer the device to Irish customers.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist