This week, on December 23, Huawei will unveil its new foldable smartphone, the P50 Pocket, which should rival the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. Some insiders have leaked new details about the device, including the characteristics of the main camera and the chipset on which the device will be based.
It is reported that the Huawei P50 Pocket will be based on last year’s flagship HiSilicon Kirin 9000 processor, which will be deprived of the ability to connect to 5G networks. The smartphone will receive two AMOLED screens: the main diagonal of 6.85 inches, and a round external 1-inch display. Huawei P50 Pocket will receive a triple main camera, which will combine the main 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with auxiliary 13-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors.
As for the battery, the smartphone will be able to offer a 4100-mAh battery with support for 66-W fast charging. It’s worth noting that the main competitor to the P50 Pocket, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, has a much more modest 3300mAh battery that supports 15W charging.
The price of Huawei P50 Pocket is not yet known, but it is assumed that the smartphone will cost about $ 1000. More information about the device will become known during the presentation, which will be held this Thursday.
Samsung and Huawei claims 99% of the foldable smartphone market
Foldable smartphones are becoming increasingly popular in the smartphone market. Thankfully, these devices are becoming cheaper too thus more people can now afford them. The popularity of foldable phones far exceeds the market’s expectations. However, only a few manufacturers presently have foldable phones. According to DSCC, the total shipments of foldable phones in the third quarter of 2021 increased; by 215% from the previous quarter. The shipments of these premium smartphones also soar by 480% year on year.
However, the report shows that Samsung and Huawei occupy 99% of the foldable smartphone shipment. Among them, Samsung occupies 93% of the market share while Huawei has just 6% of the market. These two brands have almost monopolized the entire foldable smartphone market. Huawei would have had much more but the ban by the U.S. is really restricting the Chinese manufacturer.
The surge in shipments is actually mainly due to the Galaxy Z Flip3 released by Samsung in September. Its price is different from most foldable phones and it is much cheaper than others in the market. The fact is that Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 has become the most popular foldable smartphone; followed by Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Huawei Mate X2 4G version, and 5G version.