Details on a possible Google Pixel Fold release date materialise; initial Pixel Roll speculation begins ↺
Rumours continue to swirl about Google releasing a foldable smartphone. Last week, ETNews alleged that Google will source foldable panels from Samsung Display, Samsung's display subsidiary. Additionally, 9to5Google claimed last month to have seen references to the said device in Android 12 Beta 1 code. Allegedly, Google has codenamed the device 'Passport' and has assigned it the model number 'GPQ72'.
According to The Elec, Samsung Display will begin manufacturing these displays in October 2021. The South Korean website notes that Vivo and Xiaomi have also placed orders for these displays, presumably ultra-thin-glass (UTG) panels.
However, The Elec adds that these companies aim to announce foldable smartphones based around Samsung Display's foldable panels in Q4 2021. Incidentally, Ross Young of DSCC claims that Google will announce a Pixel Fold at the end of 2021. Typically, Google announces new hardware in October, so we may see something Pixel Fold-related when Google unveils the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Apparently, Google has a Pixel Roll in the works, too. Young asserts that a rollable Pixel smartphone is in DSCC's forecast, albeit not in the next 12 months. If that is the case, then a rollable Pixel smartphone could be on the cards for late 2022 or 2023.