The release of Google’s rumored folding phone has been delayed until next spring, according to reports from Korean industry site The Elec and supply chain analyst Ross Young (via Android Central).
Google had planned to unveil the device in 2021, but that date has now been pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2022. This latest delay could explain why we didn’t see the device at Google I/O earlier this month, despite a brief hint of a future Pixel tablet.
According to sources with familiar with the situation, the phone’s release date has been pushed back simply because it isn’t finished yet. Young backed up these claims in a tweet, saying he heard “from multiple sources in the supply chain that the Google foldable launch has been delayed until next spring,” but he didn’t elaborate.
Source: The Verge
Previous leaks indicate that Google is internally testing two designs for the device, dubbed “Passport” and “Jumbojack.” Jumbojack folds horizontally, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, whereas “Passport” folds vertically, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Anyhow, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 might be having rotating cameras.
9to5Google previously reported that the Pixel Fold’s camera may be inferior to that of the Pixel 6. The Pixel Fold will also be powered by the same Google Tensor (GS101) processor found in the Pixel 6 series.
According to The Elec, the folding device could feature Samsung displays, with the Passport variant sporting a 7.57-inch screen on the inside and a 5.78-inch screen on the outside.
With Google focusing on the highly anticipated Pixel Watch and Pixel 7, it appears even less likely that Google will reveal the folding phone at its Pixel event this fall.