The New York Times reported earlier today that a part of the industrial chain is being relocated from China to Vietnam. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are the most well-known examples. According to people familiar with Google’s plans, “a part of the production of Google’s latest Pixel phone will be done in Vietnam.” According to reports, Google intends to relocate its Pixel smartphone assembly line from China’s Foxconn factory to Vietnam. The Google Pixel 7 is currently being produced in Vietnam.
According to the report, “Google forecasts that Vietnam will supply up to half of its Pixel phones next year.” In addition, Google is working on a foldable device that could be released in 2023. It is important to note, however, that the company’s foldable smartphone production line will be located in China. Insiders believe the company is keeping production in China because the new smartphone’s screen and hinge technology are closer to Chinese suppliers.
Google Pixel (Fold) production will remain in China.
There has been no official confirmation from Google regarding the Pixel Fold device as of yet. Nonetheless, there have been supply chain leaks since last year. Several delays have occurred in recent years. Furthermore, some of Apple’s 2022 iPhones will be manufactured in India. Previously, Apple produced iPads and Apple Watches in Vietnam. According to Apple’s most recent list of 200 top suppliers, about 10% of them are in Vietnam.
In addition to Vietnam, Apple will relocate some iPhone manufacturing lines to India. This is to see if it can manufacture iPhones in the country. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPhone 14 mass production in India this year is still about 6 weeks behind China. Apple and Foxconn believe that producing the iPhone 14 in India and China at the same time is unrealistic due to factors such as secrecy.