12 October 2021
UPDATE (September 20th, 2021):
Evan Blass aka @evelaks, a well-known tipster, has tweeted corroborating leaks that Google is indeed working on launching a foldable smartphone later this year. He said that the foldable is internally codenamed "Passport" but he could not get details on the commercial name. Google is said to be developing the foldable smartphone for over two years now.
Heard from someone I trust that the foldable Pixel -- codename: Passport, retail branding: unknown -- will indeed launch before the end of the year. Apparently they've been working on this device for over two years, and if the P6 is any indication, it'll be worth a look.— E (@evleaks) September 20, 2021
Original (September 16th, 2021)
Google is rumored to be working on a foldable phone i.e. Pixel Fold for quite a while. It was speculated to make an official announcement towards the end of the year and now, we have a new leak suggesting that plans are still on track. The latest bit of information is coming from David Naranjo, Senior Director at Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC).
Naranjo tweeted a list of smartphones that are either currently using or are rumored to use LTPO OLED display panels manufactured by Samsung Display Chain (SDC). There are a total of 20 smartphone models but the one that has caught everyone's eyes the most is the Pixel Fold. The list shows that the smartphone is set for launch sometime during the fourth quarter of 2021.
With the announcement of iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max having a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz marks 20 models that are current and rumored that use LTPO OLED panels from SDC. pic.twitter.com/5wlbsl2HF1— David Naranjo (@DSCCDave) September 16, 2021
Unfortunately, not much is known about the Pixel Fold smartphone. There have been no leaks surrounding the foldable's technical specifications and features. Even the product design has not been revealed yet and the image you see at the top of this article is simply a concept render based on speculations by Waqar Khan (@WaqarKhanHD).
Google is currently preparing for the Pixel 6 series launch. It will be the next-gen Android flagship release featuring Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It is set to get official during Fall 2021 but an exact date has not been revealed yet. We can expect Google to share some details about the foldable phone at the same event.