The Google Pixel Fold is still expected to launch this year, it seems. Well, at least according to the Display Supply Chain Consultants’ Senior Director, David Naranjo. He shared the information in a tweet.
The Google Pixel Fold may launch this year after all
If you take a look at the tweet below, you’ll see a DSCC’s list of phones expected to get LTPO OLED panels from the Samsung Display Chain in 2021. This list was published quite some time ago, and has now been reshared by Mr. Naranjo.
With the announcement of iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max having a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz marks 20 models that are current and rumored that use LTPO OLED panels from SDC. pic.twitter.com/5wlbsl2HF1Advertisement
— David Naranjo (@DSCCDave) September 16, 2021
What is interesting is that the Google Pixel Fold is still on the list. That handset has been rumored to arrive in Q4 2021, but we haven’t heard much about it thus far. The phone almost certainly won’t launch alongside the Pixel 6 series next month, or Google did an amazing job keeping everything under wraps.
Google may end up talking about the device during the Pixel 6 launch, though. Perhaps the company is aiming for a November or December launch, which is kind of odd, but there you have it.
It will become Google’s first foldable smartphone
The Google Pixel Fold, which is probably a placeholder name, will become Google’s very first foldable smartphone. The company has been working on it for quite some time now.
The device will probably take some design cues from Samsung. We still don’t know what exactly to expect, but if we had to guess, we’d say that this will be a competitor to the Galaxy Z Fold series, not the Z Flip phones.
So, Google will likely announce a foldable smartphone that unfolds into a tablet-sized device, and not a smartphone that folds into a compact square. We’ll have to wait and see, though.
Google’s first foldable smartphone will likely have powerful specs. Considering that the company plans to use an LTPO OLED panel, even though it may be for a secondary display, suggests that Google will spare no expense here. By the way, that LTPO display signifies adaptive refresh rate, so we’re likely getting a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate on at least one display.