The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is currently slated for release in August 2021, and T3 has previously explained why it should be a game-changer for the cheaper foldable phone.
However, thanks to a new report from South Korea, we have just found out that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is going to face some really fierce competition when it launches, as a series of competing folding phones will also be unveiled later. this year. , too much. And one of those devices is a foldable phone from Google, which was once dubbed by the media as the “Google Pixel Fold”.
The revealing report comes from TheElec, which states that:
“Samsung Display will begin production of foldable OLED panels for Google, Vivo and Xiaomi customers in October. The three companies plan to unveil their respective foldable phones in the fourth quarter of this year.”
And, particularly on the Google Pixel Fold, the report states that:
“Google is preparing a foldable phone with a 7.6-inch folding display panel. The phone has been dubbed ‘Pixel Fold’ by the media.”
What’s interesting about this report is the detail that it is Samsung itself that produces the foldable OLED displays for its rivals. The fact that it does this in itself is not strange, as Samsung has a long-standing and well-regarded display company and has been making smartphone displays for its rivals for years, but the fact that it does These are foldable screens seem to indicate that Samsung is ahead of the game here.
And especially because Samsung will manufacture foldable screens for two Chinese smartphone brands Vivo and Xiaomi, the latter having already released this year a foldable phone in restricted territories in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold.
The Google Pixel Fold information is the juiciest, however, and mostly because it fits perfectly with an earlier leak that indicated that the Pixel Fold would be unveiled in “Q4 2021”. Combined, these two reports indicate on the one hand that the Folding Pixel is real and on the other hand that it should be revealed this year, just a few months after the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
We’ll likely see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch at a Samsung Unpacked event in August, with the phone most likely available in stores later this month or early September. Now, given that this report indicates that production of competing folding phone screens will begin in October, it tells us that while the phones may be announced early in the fourth quarter, we may have to wait very late this year or potentially. same beginning of 2022 to get hold of it.
It’s not yet clear when users will actually be able to hold the Pixel Fold and other competing folding devices in their hands, but what is clear is that the industry appears to be headed for a major second generation of foldable phones. , and one where more manufacturers than ever before are going to deliver a foldable phone experience.
And, from our perspective here at T3, that can only be a good thing. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Google Pixel Fold and others deliver. The big question, of course, is whether anyone can actually challenge Samsung in their own foldable phone game, which they currently dominate with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.