Google Pixel Fold, the tech giant’s first foldable smartphone, could launch in late 2021. Google’s foldable smartphone from the Pixel line has been rumored for some time and new leaks suggest the handset will debut by the end of this year. The foldable Pixel smartphone would be codenamed “Passport” and would feature a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) OLED display. Samsung has tapped the foldable display market with its foldable devices, most notably the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, foldable smartphones are becoming a more common form factor for high-end smartphones, it seems. . Brands such as Vivo and Xiaomi are also reportedly working on new foldable smartphones.
According to a Tweeter By tipster Evan Blass, the next Pixel foldable smartphone, codenamed “Passport”, will launch by the end of this year. He specifies that Google has been working on this new smartphone for more than two years.
This isn’t the first time that the Google Pixel Fold launch schedule has been mentioned. David Naranjo, Senior Director, Display Supply Chain Consultants, also tweeted about the development of Google Pixel Fold. Its tweet indicated that the handset could launch in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October 1 to December 31). He also suggested that the Google Pixel Fold will use an LTPO OLED display. The analyst also adds that Google Pixel 6 Pro will launch in the same quarter.
In 2019, Google revealed that it had started working on prototypes of foldable smartphones. The company has also supported foldable displays in Android 10, which have been exploited by companies such as Samsung to develop their in-house foldable phones. Google certainly has the option to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, as well as the recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 with the upcoming Google Pixel Fold. Huawei with its foldable smartphones Mate X and X2 marked its presence in space. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi also unveiled the Mi Mix Fold as the company’s first foldable smartphone in China in March this year. Other companies such as Oppo and Vivo are also planning to launch their foldable smartphones. It is also expected to launch in India during the rest of the year.
Google has yet to announce details on whether it intends to launch a foldable phone or whether it is simply testing prototypes to make Android more optimized for existing and new foldable devices in the market. Once unveiled, the Pixel Fold could take on these foldable smartphones.