Google Pixel 4 is coming soon and from what we’ve gathered, it seems there might be a little shift in the production of the device from China to Vietnam. Concerning the trade war between China and the US which had seen a really huge tariffs imposed on Chinese products as well as other products made by US companies right in China which includes electronics, Google might just be looking to escape the bullet in it’s quest of seeking a lessened tariff market.
Although unconfirmed, the report mentions how Google and an unnamed partner have already stared working on adapting an old Nokia factory right there in the Northern Vietnamese province of Bac Ninh which would be used to make the Pixel smartphones.
Unnamed sources claim that some of the Pixel 3a production will already be shifted to the Vietnam plant by the end of this year.
Google are likely to keep some activities inside China. The U.S. company knows that if it is going to be serious about making hardware, it could never give up the massive Chinese market. However, they also understand that, due to rising costs and the macro-environment, they need to have production outside China for the long term in order to support their hardware manufacturing — source
“Any potential capacity shifting for [Google] would be easier than Apple”, said smartphone analyst Mia Huang, which has more than 90% of its hardware manufactured in the country.
The controversies of big companies looking to outsource their manufacturing to other countries for access to cheap labors had caused uproar among Right wingers in the US which according to opinionated critics be the reasons for hefty tariffs which are placed upon China made products.