Google is reportedly planning to move production of the upcoming Pixel series out of China. The Pixel 7 series is believed to be made in Vietnam. In the past, Google has manufactured the mid-range A series in Vietnam, including the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5a and Pixel 6a. The report further adds that Google may not be able to fully move out of China. The company is believed to be exploring the idea of developing a foldable smartphone in 2023, which is expected to require close ties with suppliers in China.
According to a report by The New York Times, Google plans to shift production from Foxconn plants in southern China. The company is believed to be manufacturing the upcoming Pixel 7 series in Vietnam. In addition, the company expects the manufacturing plants in Vietnam to produce up to half of next year’s high-end Pixel smartphones, which are believed to be the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
Interestingly, Google is believed to be studying a foldable handset for 2023. Manufacturing such a device will reportedly require the company to source newer screens and hinges, which may need to be sourced from suppliers in China.
However, a recent report suggests that Google’s foldable phone and a flagship Pixel 7 series phone are already being produced at Foxconn plants in China. The foldable handset is called the Google Pixel Notepad or Pixel Fold. On the other hand, the Pixel 7 flagship model could be the Pixel 7 Ultra.
The Pixel 7 series is expected to debut with the regular Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. Pre-orders for the series will reportedly open from October 6th and will be available in the US from October 13th. Google has already revealed the design of the back of the Pixel 7 series, which is said to be powered by the company’s second-generation Tensor SoC.