While Google didn’t formally announce or mention a foldable Pixel device during its I/O Conference a few months back, it’s been heavily speculated that the company might nevertheless launch its own line of foldable smartphones, given the popularity of the category and the relative success of devices like Samsung’s Z Fold and Z Flip series. As such, new rumors indicate that the foldable will be manufactured in China by Foxconn.
A post on Chinese social media site Weibo claims that two upcoming Google flagship devices will be made by Foxconn, one of them being the Pixel 7 and the “Fold.” According to the post, the foldable will come with a “single-hole flexible screen,” alongside a 50-megapixel periscope camera with multi-focal segments, as well as a Google Tensor 2 chip. It will also come with a Sony IMX787 sensor, and a ceramic chassis.
This isn’t the first time that the Pixel fold has been mentioned, though. Earlier this year, it was mentioned that the foldable will begin production in Q3 2022, and will be subsequently launched in Q4 2022. Based on this, it’s likely that the device might be launched alongside the Pixel 7 series phones.
It's back! Looks like Google's foldable Pixel will start panel production in Q3'22 and launch in Q4'22.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) February 14, 2022
Foxconn is known for manufacturing devices for several major brands including Google, Apple, Nokia, and even Nintendo.
Source: Weibo (CN)