Google’s first folding Pixel is apparently still on track for a 2021 reveal
Google might have shied away from a Pixel Watch, however a Pixel Fold still appears to be on the way in which – after a leak final August that exposed that the corporate was planning to launch its first foldable Pixel telephone in late 2021, studies the Korean trade web site TheElec now studies that Samsung will begin manufacturing of foldable OLED panels for the upcoming folding telephones from Google, Vivo and Xiaomi this October, all of that are stated to be offered on the finish of this yr.
Google hasn’t precisely stored its foldable telephone ambitions a secret; In 2019, it revealed patent functions for its personal folding screens, admitting it had been prototyping them for fairly a while, telling CNET that it still had no “clear use case”. But now evidently Google has a foldable code identify “Passport” that would virtually be introduced. 9to5Google even noticed a new trace of it in Android 12’s code final month, together with different codenames believed to be the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a 5G. TheElec says it’s going to have a single 7.6-inch panel that folds inward, whereas Vivo’s upcoming telephone could have an 8-inch predominant display screen and a 6.5-inch exterior show. There was no point out of the dimensions of the display screen on the brand new Xiaomi telephone.
It’s not clear if a Pixel Fold truly comes with a show designed by Google itself, though it could possibly. Samsung acts as a contract producer for many different firms and produces, for instance, a few of Apple’s in-house processors. Anyway, a part of the display screen’s sandwich might still belong, largely, to Samsung itself: ETNews studies that Samsung shall be supplying its proprietary ultra-thin cowl glass (technically made by German producer Schott) to different smartphone producers, and Google is anticipated to make use of it.
Xiaomi already introduced a foldable telephone earlier this yr, the Mi Mix Fold, but it surely appears like a second is about to be launched. TheElec additionally studies that Oppo will transfer a new foldable telephone with a 7.1-inch predominant display screen and a smaller outer one between 1.5 and a couple of inches diagonally by 2022.