Google to launch a foldable phone in 2021 thanks to Samsung (report)

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Samsung Display is reportedly developing foldable OLED displays for a number of big brands, and now even Google is throwing its hat in the foldable market ring. Could the upcoming Pixel 6 have more of a bend to it?

The global display manufacturer is developing foldable OLED panels for Oppo, Xiaomi and Google for upcoming smartphones, and each will launch sometime in 2021 or in early 2022, according to a recent report by The Elec. We're having foldable smartphones coming out the wazoo. 

Each of the requested OLED panels from Samsung Display are in-folding, meaning they could either have a clamshell-design like the Galaxy Z Flip, or a horizontal fold similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Oppo's foldable is supposedly a clamshell-type smartphone.

As for Google's foldable, Samsung Display will be developing a foldable OLED panel around 7.6-inch in size. With this size, we can expect it to be a clamshell, too.

Oppo, which has recently seen a lot of hype around its rollable Oppo X 2021 prototype, will have a 7.7-inch smartphone when unfolded, with a 1.5-inch to 2-inch small outer screen display just like the Galaxy Z Flip. Xiaomi's foldable will have 8-inch panel size, along with a 6.4-inch outer screen.

As the report claims, each of these phones are expected to come out within the year, meaning the next Google Pixel might be a foldable, or Google could be making another line of smartphones altogether.

Samsung is the undisputed king of the foldable smartphone market, and is rumoured to bring out the next iteration of its Z Flip and Z Fold later this year. Now that it's making foldable OLED displays for other big vendors, it appears to be creating competition for itself. Surely, if the reports are true, the company will want to bring out its foldable smartphones sooner rather than later.

Will we see a foldable Pixel this year? Only time can tell, but we do know a few things about the rumored Pixel 6 already.

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.