Pixel Fold, Google’s much-hyped foldable smartphone that is said to be acquiring foldable smartphones from tech giants like Samsung, Honor, Oppo, Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo, has reportedly been delayed again.
According to reports from Korean industry site TheElec, Google’s first foldable phone is now expected to hit the market in the spring of 2023.
This information was also validated by Ross Young, a trusted analyst at Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), in a tweet.
He tweeted: “Heard from multiple sources in their supply chain that the Google foldable launch was delayed until next spring…”
When they learned from multiple sources in their supply chain that the Google foldable launch was delayed until next spring… pic.twitter.com/QXr7hhV3ZX
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 25, 2022
People with knowledge of the matter reportedly told TheElec that the release date of the phone has been delayed again, mainly because the device was not as complete as Google wants.
This is the second time that Google has postponed the release of its foldable smartphone. It was initially slated to launch alongside the Pixel 6 series in late 2021, but was later pushed to Q4 2022.
Considering several issues faced by Google’s competitors in making a foldable smartphone, such as build quality, issues with the flexible screen and hinges, durability, defects, and more, it’s not surprising that Google takes the time to work with its near- perfect first foldable smartphone.
With the delay again, we can expect the Pixel Fold may not be out soon before next year.
Earlier this month, the specifications of Pixel Fold were leaked. The smartphone is expected to feature a 7.57-inch folding main display with an ultra-thin glass cover (made by Samsung Display), paired with a 5.78-inch external secondary display. The device is also believed to come with 12GB of RAM with the new Google Tensor chipset.