Samsung's foldable phone may be twice the price of its rivals

Samsung's foldable phone may be twice the price of its rivals
Popular Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi and Oppo are on a scouting mission in Korea, reports local media, trying to secure bendable display supply for their future foldable phones. Yesterday, another Korean publication isolated LG as the main alternative supplier of flexible displays for all bendy phones that won't be made by Samsung, but China has its own display maker that also produces foldable displays - BOE, one of the world's largest LCD panel producers.

To wit, Chinese phone makers like Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo, are actively pursuing their own foldable phone designs, and it's Xiaomi in particular that is scrambling for the title "world's first," even though Samsung and Huawei are farther ahead in their research on the matter. Samsung, in particular, has been toying around with the concept for years and is fast-tracking it now to ease the gloom of the transitional 2018 where the Galaxy S9 was used as a stop-gap measure on the way to the 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 with unpleasant consequences for the bottom line of its mobile department.

While Samsung may be way ahead of everybody when it comes to a retail model of a foldable phone, Xiaomi is determined to use a different, outfolding design type to beat everybody to the punch, claim insiders, and couple it with a much lower price tag to entice buyers. Samsung's infolding Galaxy X/F, or whatever it's called, is said to land at 2 million won ($1800), while the ones from Xiaomi or Oppo are tipped to cost a million won, or about $900. Where does that leave Huawei, which is also gunning to release a Gumby phone before Samsung, but isn't known to lowball the price of its flagships lately, remains to be seen.

The Chinese brands are successfully trying to shed their image of affordable phone makers with exclusive handsets like the motorized Find X or Vivo NEX with relative success, so a foldable phone will be one more way to prove the world they are real innovators, and apparently the race is on, for the delight of us mere mortal users.

source: The Investor



1. Cat97

Posts: 2026; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The funny thing is no one will want a foldable phone. They are chasing a stupid idea.

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1704; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

thats what they said about the notch, watches and curved screens and vr.

3. midan

Posts: 3234; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

VR is huge flop, can't believe you actually included that

13. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

4. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

VR is not that popular. And notches and curved screens were kind of forced on the consumer. If you want the best phone from your favourite brand, with the exception of a few hold outs,it's going to have a notch. If you want to buy a Samsung flagship, it's going to have a curved display. If Samsung released both a flat and curved S9 with the same specs, a lot of people would buy the flat version.

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I think people will like the idea of a foldable phone. A lot of people including myself miss the clamshell style devices of yesteryear. People will see it as a happy middle ground. The only thing people won't see is the $1800 price tag to go along with it. Apple was successful at selling a phone at the $1000+ range however that is Apple. Everyone else needs to sit down and price a phone competitively.

11. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Eighteen hundred dollars. LOL, but, there will be those that will buy it under a contract/no interest for several hundred dollars per month, just to be "hip & trendy".

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