Samsung's second-gen foldable flagship will hold up in long-term real-world usage, and until Corning rolls out a Gorilla Glass generation capable of bending, it's certainly wise to expect a higher degree of frailty from these bad boys when compared to conventional smartphones.Of course, it's far too early to know how
Granted, production and shipment numbers are not the same thing, but if the Korea-based tech giant does plan to manufacture "up to" 800,000 Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G copies by the end of 2020, the early buzz and incredible excitement around the handset strongly suggest every single one of those devices will be sold.
If that doesn't sound like such a remarkable figure, you're probably not looking at it from the right angle. Compared to the 8.5 million unit sales tipped for the Galaxy Note 20 duo, the number is indeed not very impressive, but the same forecast from almost a month ago called for only 500,000 Z Fold 2 shipments in 2020.
In case you're wondering, the first-gen Galaxy Fold sold around 400,000 copies between its belated September 2019 commercial debut and the end of the year, so Samsung is essentially gearing up to boost that score by 100 percent.
At $2,000 a pop, that's a lot of revenue for a company struggling with declining volumes worldwide, and according to inside sources, the chaebol has finally managed to stabilize the phone's yield rate at factories in not one and not two but three different countries, currently focusing on "cutting costs for foldable smartphone production" to further increase its profit margins.
When put into the right context, 800,000 is arguably a pretty solid number. But it's still nothing compared to the true potential of the foldable market segment. While this is unlikely to be fulfilled anytime soon, Samsung might be able to jump to no less than 8 million unit sales in total as early as 2021 thanks to a "diversified foldable product lineup."
Said expanded lineup could include everything from a further upgraded and refined Galaxy Z Fold 3 to an inexpensive Z Fold Lite, a largely mysterious Z Fold S with both inward and outward-folding capabilities, and of course, the Galaxy Z Flip family.
Speaking of, the Z Fold 2 5G is unlikely to become more popular than the world's most successful foldable device to date, which will crucially contribute to an almost unexpectedly high 2020 sales tally of 3 million units in both 4G LTE-only and 5G-enabled variants.
That's right, Samsung is predicted to close the year with 3 million foldable shipments overall, yielding a massive profit at a time of great uncertainty for the mobile industry as a whole and big struggles for high-end smartphones in particular. That's what happens when you don't throw in the towel after one failed attempt at a revolution.