In the near future, Google will not be releasing a foldable phone of its own design. The Pixel Fold was initially expected to be released alongside the Pixel 6 series, but later rumors indicated that it would be released in Q4 of 2021. As of this writing, Google appears to believe that Samsung, which released its first bendable device in 2019 and currently manufactures one of the best foldable phones, has a leg up on it.
As of now, the Pixel Fold isn’t expected to be released until at least the first half of 2022, according to Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants.
It was assumed that the Pixel Fold would be unveiled in March because Google plans to release the stable version of Android 12L, which is designed for tablets and foldable phones, in March. According to the Google Camera app, the device will be released in 2022.
The Pixel Fold is not up to snuff against the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in terms of quality.
Google appears to believe that the device isn’t competitive enough to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Z series phones. The Pixel Fold was not expected to have a stylus or an under-display camera like the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Even so, the rumours about the device’s specs were anything but depressing.. Google Tensor chipset was expected to power the phone’s 120Hz 7.57-inch internal screen, according to previous reports. Although the camera specs were disappointing, they were still respectable.
According to the report, cost was another issue. A foldable phone may not be profitable at first for a newcomer like Google, but Samsung may be reaping the benefits of economies of scale.
Fans of Google’s first foldable device will likely be disappointed by this news, but it’s better to postpone it rather than release a half-baked phone. In the past, Young had predicted that the first foldable iPhone would be released by Apple in 2025.
There is a good chance that Samsung will continue to grow in the US and Europe, but it may face new competition elsewhere.