Many polls across tech websites have tipped the foldable display to be a trend in 2019. As the smartphone market becomes saturated and product differentiation becomes smaller, manufacturers are beginning to see foldable phones as the next generation of mobile phones. However, the cost of these smartphones and the need for these devices has been a stumbling block to its development.
According to research analysts, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG and other manufacturers are expected to launch foldable mobile phones in 2019. As at last year, foldable mobile phones were still in its early stages of development and manufacturers needed to continue to improve the design. Due to the maturity of the supply chain, this year’s foldable mobile phones are in the testing stage.
Samsung is the first to focus on foldable mobile phones and the company has one of the most advanced technology for flexible AMOLED panels, so Samsung’s first foldable mobile phone has attracted much attention. Market Analytics, a market research organization, expects the foldable mobile phone shipments to reach 700,000 units in 2019, and 30.4 million units/50.1 million units in 2021 and 2023 respectively.