In addition to launching the Pixel 6 line, Google is also predicted to launch a folding-screen phone this year. According to a report from South Korean media TheElec, Samsung Display will start producing foldable OLED screens for Google, Vivo, and Xiaomi in October. Foldable screen phones from these three vendors are expected to be showcased in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Google will Use a Samsung-made Screen?
TheElec says Google’s foldable phone will have a 7.6-inch panel and will fold. While the Vivo foldable phone will carry an 8-inch main screen. The second screen on the outside measures 6.5 inches, quoted from The Verge.
The report does not mention the size of the Xiaomi folding-screen phone. This Chinese vendor has indeed launched the Mi Mix Fold folding screen phone a few months ago. However, it looks like they are already planning a successor.
Meanwhile, Oppo is rumored to be delaying the launch of its folding screen phone until 2022. Their foldable phone will have a 7.1-inch main screen. The second screen has a smaller size, around 1.5 and 2 inches.
Google has long been rumored to be launching a folding-screen phone. In 2019, they issued a patent for the folding screen and claimed to have developed a prototype. When the Android 12 beta launched last month, 9toGoogle also found the code for its foldable phone, “Passport”. This name appears in the code on Android 12. Along with the code for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 5G.
There is no information on whether Google’s folding screen phone will use a screen they designed themselves or a screen made by Samsung. But, based on previous leaks, at least one element of the folding screen on Google phones will be made by Samsung. ETNews previously reported that Google’s foldable phone will use Samsung’s Ultra-thin glass.