Samsung is manufacturing panels and maybe even glass
Google may have done away with a Pixel Watch, but a Pixel Fold still sounds like a lot – after a leak last August revealed that the company was planning to release its first folding Pixel phone in late 2021 , korean industry site the alec reporting now That Samsung will begin production of folding OLED panels for upcoming folding phones from Google, Vivo and Xiaomi this October, which will reportedly be revealed later this year.
Google hasn’t exactly kept its folding phone ambitions a secret; In 2019, it published patent applications for its own folding screens and admitted that it had been prototyping them for quite some time, stating cnet That it didn’t have a “clear use case yet”. But now, it appears Google has a foldable, codenamed “Passport,” that may be almost ready to be announced. 9to5google also saw a new reference In the code last month Android 12, among other codenames, is believed to be the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a 5G. the alec It is said to have a 7.6-inch single panel that folds inwards, while Vivo’s upcoming phone will feature an 8-inch main screen and a 6.5-inch exterior display. It did not mention the screen size of the new Xiaomi phone.
It’s unclear if the Pixel Fold will actually come with a Google-designed display, though it’s possible; Samsung acts as a contract manufacturer for several other companies, producing some of Apple’s domestic processors as an example. Either way, part of the screen sandwich may still largely belong to Samsung itself: ETNews reports that Samsung will supply its proprietary ultra-thin cover glass (which is technically made by German manufacturer Shot) to other smartphone makers, and Google is expected to use it.
Xiaomi already announced a folding phone earlier this year, the Mi Mix Fold, but it looks like it will be the second one. the alec It also reports that Oppo will delay a new foldable phone until 2022, which will feature a 7.1-inch main screen and a smaller external screen between 1.5 and 2 inches.