Although Google’s long-rumored Pixel Watch has finally arrived, there seems to be no trace of the company’s enigmatic folding phone, which is likely not to be seen for at least another year. Reports from Korean industry site The Elec and supply chain researcher Ross Young suggest that Google’s anticipated folding phone will not be released until next spring.
Google’s folding phone was originally anticipated to be unveiled in 2021, but that date has now been delayed to the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2022. This latest delay might explain why the gadget was not shown off at Google I/O earlier this month alongside the future Pixel tablet’s brief teaser.
According to those familiar with the matter, the phone’s release date has been pushed back simply because it isn’t completed yet. Young backed up these statements in a tweet, saying he heard “from multiple sources in the supply chain that the Google foldable launch was delayed till next spring,” although he didn’t elaborate on the reasons why.
According to previous leaks, Google is testing two different designs for the gadget, internally referred to as “Passport” and “Jumbojack.” While the “Jumbojack” folds horizontally, the “Passport” folds vertically, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. According to The Elec, Samsung panels could be used in the foldable tablet, with the Passport variant sporting a 7.57-inch internal display and a 5.78-inch external display.
Now that Google is concentrating on the highly anticipated Pixel Watch and Pixel 7, it becomes even less probable that the folding phone will be revealed at its Pixel event this fall.