The production of Google Pixel smartphones is being planned to be moved out from China to Vietnam starting this year, to avoid higher Chinese labour costs and the tariffs resulting from the trade war between the US and China.
The US Internet giant has also started to convert an old Nokia factory in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Ninh to handle production of Pixel phones, Nikkei Asia Review reported on Wednesday.
As per the report, the company would move production of most of its American-bound hardware outside of China, including Pixel smartphones and its smart speaker, Google Home. Meanwhile, Google is expected to refresh its Pixel series with two new offerings Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, later in October.
The upcoming production lines would be a major part of Google’s move for growth in the smartphone market and the company is aiming to ship around 8-10 million smartphones this year.
The Pixel 4 device may come with a square camera module at the back which will house a dual rear camera setup. Reports suggest the phone would either have an in-display fingerprint sensor or a 3D face unlock module at the front or both.
(With inputs from IANS)