Google is planning to move production of the upcoming Pixel series out of China. It is believed that the Pixel 7 series will be manufactured in Vietnam. In the past, Google has produced its A-series mid-range lineup in Vietnam, including the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5a and Pixel 6a. The report further states that Google may not be able to completely exit China. The company is believed to be exploring the idea of developing a foldable smartphone in 2023, which would require close connections with suppliers in China.
According to A Report According to The New York Times, Google plans to move production from Foxconn plants in southern China. It is believed that the company will make the Pixel 7 series in Vietnam. Furthermore, the company is expected to have production facilities in Vietnam for up to half of its high-end Pixel smartphones, believed to be next year’s Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
Interestingly, Google is believed to be eyeing a foldable handset for 2023. Manufacturing such a device would require the company to purchase new screens and hinges that would likely have to be sourced from suppliers in China.
However, a recent report suggests that Google’s foldable phone and flagship Pixel 7 series handsets are already under production at Foxconn facilities in China. The foldable handset is called Google Pixel Notepad or Pixel Fold. On the other hand, the flagship Pixel 7 model could be the Pixel 7 Ultra.
The Pixel 7 series is expected to debut with the regular Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Pre-orders for the series will open on October 6 and will go on sale in the US on October 13. Google has already revealed the rear panel design of the Pixel 7 series which is said to be powered by the company’s second generation Tensor SoC.