2021 will be the year of folding mobiles


Analysts agree, by the end of 2021 more manufacturers will have joined the latest fashion and we will see different rollable or folding devices from LG, OPPO, Google, Xiaomi or Vivo.

We have spent several years thinking about, never better said, the folding designs already mobiles such as the Huawei Mate Xs, the Galaxy Z Flip or the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 already with more credentials, although the truth is that none of them have proven to be that hybrid smartphone we all expected and that would revolutionize the industry.

Not in vain, that the folding market is still in its infancy This is demonstrated by the very fact that all manufacturers each explore their own designs and concepts, sometimes looking to solve problems that we did not have and generating others like the happy fold, which stars in the experience of all the models released to date.

Huawei Mate X2 pink

It seems that the Huawei Mate X2 has only been the first of many folding in 2021.

The last to arrive has been precisely the Mate X2 from Huawei that changes its paradigm to disguise itself as Samsung in a book-like format, also with a fold, and the only light at the end of the tunnel has been put by the roll-up prototypes that OPPO or LG have given us. taught and others explore, but what we still have doubts about the mechanism, the use and, above all, the durability of the panel that is rolled up inside.

Be that as it may, the market rules and the next revolution it is clear that it will be foldable, so experts and analysts are already striving to predict when these designs will finally explode and their market will mature, something that we anticipate that will occur from the end of this year 2021, following reports collected a few days ago by colleagues from xda-developers.

The only thing that folding mobiles lack to eat the market

Well it seems that this time yes, that folding and / or rolling mobiles will take off in 2021

This headline could mislead you, so at first low to lower your hypeWell, taking off just means that more options will be available and prices will start to get cheaper, starting that expected maturation that will lead us to know what solutions do these devices provide without that supposing the disappearance of the now traditional glass and metal sandwiches that we currently enjoy.

In fact, I myself who have tried all three Samsung models, I still have doubts about the advantages that the Galaxy Z gave me with respect to its drawbacks, with greater weight and less comfort and durability, in exchange for just a large-format panel that he used in certain conditions and never in motion.

Experts at Display Supply Chain Consultants anticipate a mass manufacturing of flexible displays for the second half of the year, and a Q4 of 2021 at all-time highs for folding and / or roll-up smartphone deliveries.

Maybe roll up designs make more sense, for its more classic factor when they are folded and its panel without folds when they are opened, although this is something that the market will determine and that we have yet to prove.

For now, however, what we have are raw data from analysts, which foresee more manufacturers in the garlic of the folding and that already anticipate for the fourth quarter of 2021 some shipments of this type of smartphones at all-time highs depending on the number of flexible panels ordered:

Folding mobile market estimate in 2021

This has been the meteoric evolution of folding smartphones, and their final takeoff expected by the end of 2021.

The figures are very remarkable, and it is that DSCC predicts sales of up to 5.1 million folding smartphones in 2021, with year-on-year growth that would exceed 400% for the last quarter of the year, driven by new models from Samsung, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Google, among other actors.

They say that Samsung will continue to be a judge and part of this market, with up to 81% of Compartir among all the folding mobiles sold, and that the flexible panel production lines of Samsung Display would send up to 1 million screens of this type to Chinese manufacturers before the end of 2021, licensing its technology for the first time UltraThinGlass:

Samsung Display will start selling folding displays with its ultra-thin glass technology (UTG - UltraThinGlass) to other brands from the second half of 2021, which will drive a series of new products from various manufacturers. In fact, we expect to see at least 12 different foldable and / or roll-up smartphones on the market from at least 8 brands, with sales of more than three million units for the fourth quarter of the year. Ross Young, CEO of DSCC.

Folding mobile market estimate in 2021

Millions of units of flexible panels and folding smartphones produced and shipped to the commercial chain in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Regarding what we already know about the current market, it is interesting to know that the most popular and best-selling folding mobile is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, ahead of the Galaxy Z Fold2 and the Motorola RAZR. The South Korean giant, in fact, has eaten 87% of the folding market share to date.

The units sold are also noteworthy, taking into account the prices, since 2.2 million smartphones of this type were shipped during 2020 ... It seems that there was a lot of desire to try them even if it was as 'early birds' and with astronomical prices!

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