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Google may make its own foldable smartphone with Samsung’s help

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Last updated: February 23rd, 2021 at 13:03 UTC+02:00

The foldable smartphone market has massive potential and Samsung Display is in the perfect position to capitalize on it. The company’s foldable panels have already been used in successful consumer devices like the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2.

So it’s now going to sell foldable display panels to other companies that want to make foldable smartphones. A new report has revealed some details about the panels that Samsung Display is preparing for the likes of Google, Oppo and Xiaomi.

Google to jump on the foldable bandwagon as well?

It was first reported last month that Samsung Display will now begin supplying foldable panels to other companies. The company certainly views the foldable market as a great driver of growth. It’s reportedly looking to ship up to one million foldable panels to different companies this year.

A report out of Korea reveals some details about the panels being prepared for customers that include Google, Oppo and Xiaomi. It appears that Oppo might be launching a clamshell foldable like the Galaxy Z Flip. It’s sourcing an in-folding 7.7-inch clamshell panel that’s larger than the Galaxy Z Flip’s 6.7-inch display.

Xiaomi is considering a form factor, not unlike that of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, for its new foldable. It already showcased a prototype last year that had a 7.92-inch panel. It’s now looking to source an 8.03-inch foldable panel from Samsung.

Google might be thinking about getting in the foldable smartphone game as well. It has reportedly asked Samsung Display to develop a foldable panel around 7.60-inch in size. It’s unclear what form factor Google might choose for its device.

There’s also the possibility that it may never go past the prototype stage. So even if Google is considering a foldable smartphone, it’s too soon to be certain that the search engine giant will end up releasing it.

Given how highly Google is regarded for its hardware efforts, particularly with the Pixel smartphone lineup, a foldable smartphone from Mountain View will definitely be one to watch out for.

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