Samsung Claims Foldable Phones Are Finally Mainstream As We Await Apple’s Entry
Samsung is arguably the biggest player in the world of foldable smartphones right now and while we’re still waiting for Apple to enter the market, the the Galaxy Fold maker believes that foldable are already going mainstream.
In a blog post Samsung president TM Roh says that almost 10 million foldable phones were shipped in 2021, a 300% increase on the year prior.
What’s more, Roh thinks that the increase in growth will continue. That’s one potential reason for Apple to enter the market with a foldable iPhone in the future, and while we’ve heard rumors of that being something the company is working on, there is little indication that it will arrive any time soon.
However, while Samsung’s numbers are impressive, The Verge suggests that they might be inflated. Display analyst Ross Young believes that just 7.9 million foldable were shipped last year, while IDC has the figure at even lower at around 7.1 million.
Regardless, the figure is still significantly lower than the 272 million traditional smartphone units that were shipped in 2021. With that in mind, it’s clear that there is still a huge market waiting to be taken over once foldable can move to lower price points.
IDC’s own numbers claim that foldable smartphones will reach an estimated 27.6 million units by 2025, likely heaping more pressure on Apple to enter the fray.