Google’s first folding Pixel is apparently still on track for a 2021 reveal
Samsung is producing the panel and maybe the glass too
Samsung’s Z Fold 2. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge
Google may have shied away from a Pixel Watch
, but a Pixel Fold still very much seems to be on the way — following a leak last August
that revealed the company was planning to release its first folding Pixel phone in late 2021, Korean industry site
TheElec is now reporting
that Samsung will begin production of folding OLED panels this October for Google, Vivo and Xiaomi’s upcoming folding phones, all of which will reportedly be revealed late this year.
9to5Google even spotted a new reference
to it last month in Android 12’s code, alongside other codenames believed to be the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a 5G. TheElec says it’ll have a single 7.6-inch panel that folds inward, while Vivo’s upcoming phone will have a 8-inch main screen and a 6.5-inch outer display. It didn’t mention the size of the new Xiaomi phone’s screen.
It’s not clear whether a Pixel Fold would actually come with a display designed by Google itself, though it’s possible; Samsung acts as a contract manufacturer for many other companies, producing some of Apple’s homegrown processors as one example. Either way, one portion of the screen’s sandwich may still largely belong to Samsung itself:
Xiaomi already announced a folding phone earlier this year, the Mi Mix Fold, but it sounds like it’ll have a second one. TheElec also reports Oppo will be delaying a new foldable phone to 2022, with a 7.1-inch main screen and a smaller outer one between 1.5 and 2 inches diagonally.
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