HTC and LG among phone makers competing to make the Pixel 3
Everyone wants to get in on a lucrative deal with Google to make next year's flagship Pixel smartphone, the Pixel 3. Rumors coming from China are saying that the companies involved include HTC, LG, Coolpad, and TCL. HTC and LG have collaborated with Google to make a few devices in the past, but if TCL or Coolpad were chosen, it would be their first time working with Google in such a capacity.
The contract is for a Pixel device that Google would release in the fall of 2018, and reports say it’s expected to reach at least 5 million units sold, far more than the 2.1 million Pixel and Pixel XL units sold so far. HTC is making the Pixel 2, which is scheduled for release later this year.
TCL and Coolpad are a little less well-known electronics companies based in China, with the former appearing in the news last year after making a deal to produce smartphones with Blackberry branding. Coolpad is likely to be the least familiar to those outside China, as most of their devices aren't exported outside the country. Not surprisingly, many expect either HTC or LG to have the best chance at landing the contract.