Google’s propensity for losing track of unreleased hardware units has become common knowledge. Many of the company’s devices have been spotted in various locations well in advance of their official release. Now, Google is repeating history with the Pixel Fold.
This latter product is the company’s first foray into the foldable market, and it should ostensibly debut this year. Unsurprisingly, one person claims not only to have witnessed a rogue Pixel Fold, but also to have captured it on camera.
Reddit user onetaketeo published two photographs taken in the New York City subway system that ostensibly display the Pixel Fold in all of its glory. The photographs were covered by 9to5Google in a subsequent article.
Granted, the photos are extremely blurry, but one of the images appears to be sufficiently clear to discern a degree of similarity between the mysterious foldable and the leaked Google Pixel Fold renders from a few months ago.
The Reedit user also claims to have spotted the foldable’s camera bump, a signature design element of the Pixel series. Also for this reason, they concluded that the device in question is the unreleased Pixel Fold.
Given Google’s poor record of secrecy, this leak should be taken with a grain of salt. The device captured by the Reddit user could very well be the Pixel Fold, but there are numerous non-Samsung foldables that resemble it.
However, Google just announced the date for its annual developer conference today. Google I/O 2023 will be held on May 10 and may be the venue for the official unveiling of the Google Pixel Fold. At the very least, we can anticipate an update or a teaser.