Earlier today, the New York Times reports that part of the industrial chain is being transferred from China to Vietnam. The most popular of these are Google, Apple and Microsoft. “Part of the production of Google’s latest Pixel phone will be done in Vietnam,” according to people familiar with Google’s plans. There are reports that the company is planning to move its Pixel smartphone assembly line from China’s Foxconn factory to Vietnam. At the moment, the Google Pixel 7 is in production in Vietnam.
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According to the report, “Google expects Vietnam to supply as many as half of its Pixel phones next year”. In addition, Google has a foldable device in the pipeline, which may arrive in 2023. However, it is important to note that the company’s foldable smartphone production line will be in China. Insiders believe that the company is keeping the production in China because the screen and hinge technology used in the new smartphone is closer to Chinese suppliers.
Google Pixel production (Fold) will remain in China
As of now, there is no official confirmation from Google regarding the Pixel Fold device. Nevertheless, there have been leaks in the supply chain since last year. Over the past few years, there have been several delays. In addition, some of Apple’s 2022 iPhones will also enter production in India. Apple has previously produced iPads and Apple Watches in Vietnam. Apple’s recent list of 200 top suppliers shows that about 10% of them are in Vietnam.
In addition to Vietnam, Apple will also move some of its iPhone production lines to India. This is to test its ability to make iPhones in the country. Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the mass production of Apple’s iPhone 14 in India this year is still about 6 weeks behind China. Constrained by factors such as secrecy, Apple and Foxconn believe that it is unrealistic to produce the iPhone 14 in India and China simultaneously.