According to a new rumor, Google has decided to postpone the release of its first foldable smartphone, which was scheduled for the last quarter of 2022.
Unlike Apple, Google does not really hide its interest in folding smartphones. In 2019, when the first models arrived on the market, the firm revealed that it is developing prototypes, while suggesting that a commercialization is not yet in the program.
Nevertheless, in 2021, rumors about a folding smartphone that Google could release began to circulate. However, the device was not presented by Google during the event during which the firm unveiled the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro.
Then, other elements again suggested that Google’s folding smartphone, whose name would be Pixel NotePad, could be released around the end of 2022. But unfortunately, it is possible that the Mountain View company will again disappoint its fans (or some less, those who expect a folding smartphone).
In an article published this week, the Korean media The Elec indeed indicates that for the second time (after the postponement of 2021), Google could still postpone the release of its folding smartphone, which was indeed scheduled for the last quarter of 2022.
According to the sources cited by the publication, Google would have estimated that the product is not yet sufficiently “complete” for a release. Unfortunately, The Elec does not discuss the details of this decision.
However, the media indicates that the foldable screen that Google should have used on the Pixel on its folding smartphone would have a diagonal of 7.57 inches. And the external screen would have a diagonal of 5.78 inches. Samsung Display would have been the supplier.
Moreover, still according to The Elec, Samsung Display would be focused on the supply of foldable screens for Galaxy smartphones. Normally, in August, the Korean giant will release the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Given that the 2021 models have sold very well, it is likely that Samsung will increase production. The Korean giant is reportedly planning to produce 15 million units of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, compared to 7.1 million units for the 2021 models.
Regarding Apple, the Cupertino company may also be interested in foldable screens. But obviously, it is not in a hurry. The first folding iPhone or iPad would not be released before 2025.
Folding smartphones: demand is exploding, Samsung is taking advantage of it
In any case, while Apple and Google are still hesitating, Samsung is all about folding smartphones. The Korean giant reported that in 2021, its folding smartphone shipments quadrupled compared to 2020 volume.
And Samsung is very optimistic since it estimates that shipments will increase tenfold by 2023. Moreover, the manufacturer’s folding smartphones are becoming more and more important in its offer. Having taken over the second-half launch window of older Galaxy Notes, Samsung’s folding smartphones are increasingly seen as flagships (not niche products) by the Korean giant.
On the other hand, Samsung is already exploring other formats, such as laptops with foldable screens, three-fold tablets, or smartphones with rollable or extendable screens.