Samsung, in order to meet the ever-growing demand for a smartphone with larger displays, is working on expanding its foldable smartphone segment. Reportedly, the Korean Giant is planning to launch two foldable smartphones next year.
One of them will be a clamshell foldable smartphone with a comparatively lower price tag to make it a mass-market product. The second foldable smartphone will most likely be the successor to the 2019-launched Samsung Galaxy Fold.
We don’t have much information about Galaxy Fold’s successor but the clamshell folding smartphone is expected to launch in February 2019 alongside the Samsung Galaxy S11 lineup.
Recently, Samsung also released a beta version of its OneUI 2.0. According to the build, the cover display of the Clamshell foldable smartphone will be used to display basic information such as important notifications, battery information while charging and a few animations that are part of OneUI 2.0. According to reports, the retail price of this smartphone will be $845. As mentioned, Samsung is changing its pricing strategy to convert foldable smartphones into a mass-market product.
Choi Bo-young, an analyst at Kyobo Securities, talking about Samsung’s strategy said:
Samsung’s plan to expand the foldable product lineup depends on the market response to the clamshell model slated for launch in 2020, but it is clear the firm will increase the lineup.
Apart from this, Let’sGoDigital revealed that Samsung filed a patent for a Mate X-like outward folding smartphone with the Hague International Design System in May. The official announcement was made on 29th November.
As far as other OEMs are concerned, they are also working on expanding their foldable smartphone portfolio. Xiaomi is allegedly working on a triple folding smartphone and LG is expected to debut its foldable smartphone next year.