According to DigiTimes, which cites industry sources, Samsung Electronics and Chinese mobile phone brands including Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are planning to launch new foldable smartphones in the third quarter, after which competition in this segment will increase markedly. Do not forget that the third quarter begins in a month.
Samsung has decided not to launch new Galaxy Note series smartphones in 2021, but will instead focus on promoting foldable smartphones, including the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip lines, according to sources.
It is also reported that Xiaomi, which previously released its first foldable smartphone Xiaomi Mix Fold at a price of around 1600, is planning to release new foldable smartphones. Their price will be much more attractive, which will make smartphones available to a wider audience.
Oppo, which unveiled the Oppo X 2021 concept model with a retractable screen, is expected to begin commercializing the device in the second half of the year. Vivo, which, like Oppo, is a subsidiary of BBK, will also launch its foldable smartphone.
Analysts estimate that the total global shipments of smartphones with flexible screens will surpass 10 million units next year.