Samsung is the global front-runner when it comes to folding smartphones. That much is hardly in doubt, and is a testament to how much R&D the brand is putting in. But a new report out of South Korea suggests that the company’s folding phone ambitions are about to get a little more… democratic.
Don’t get too excited, though. We might already know more or less what 2022’s folding Samsung devices look like, but the cheaper versions may take a while. Like, 2024, at the soonest. But, if they’re actually released, they could mainstream the still-niche smartphone segment.
Samsung knows when to Fold ’em
Korea-based ET News reports that Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Experience (MX) division is working on a cheaper version of its existing Fold and Flip lineups. This phone, if it ever makes it to market, will show up under Samsung’s Galaxy A brand. If you’re playing the home game, you’ll know that this is the company’s budget- to mid-range lineup.
There’s little information about what exactly these potential phones will consist of. They will, apparently, drop some of the more premium features from the Fold and Flip. Under-screen cameras, fingerprint sensors, and overly high-end cameras might be in for the chop. Flagship internals will also be absent, and there might also be build changes in store.
All of these differences already exist in Samsung’s Galaxy A phones. The screens, processors, and cameras are all scaled back. Plastic and composite elements are also present in those phones. Samsung, mostly, has to slap a hinge and one of its P-OLED screens into those and then price them accordingly. The estimated cost for a folding Galaxy A, according to reports, is below one million Korean won. In South African terms, that’s about R13,000. As far as folding phones go, that’s positively affordable.
Source: ET News