The foldable smartphone market is a two-horse race between Samsung and Huawei. The race would have been more interesting but for the ban on Huawei by the U.S. However, in April last year, Huawei released the lightest foldable smartphone in the world, Huawei Mate Xs 2. This smartphone weighs only 255g which is comparable to the weight of the iPhone 13 Pro Max with a case. The Huawei Mate Xs 2 uses ultra-light glass fiber, and the structure adopts innovative materials such as aviation-grade titanium alloy and ultra-light and ultra-strong steel. While achieving high strength and high toughness, the body is ultra-light. As an old rival of Huawei, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 that Samsung will release also has a major breakthrough in weight.
According to a recent leak, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 weighs only 254g, which is 1g lighter than the Huawei Mate Xs 2. In fact, it is safe to claim that Samsung purposely chased Huawei’s weight record. Comparing this weight with the weight of the previous generation, Galaxy Z Fold3 (271g), the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 254g weight is a significant improvement.
According to reports, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 has an internal screen size of 7.6 inches and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The size of this display is close to the iPad mini which uses an 8.3-inch display. The external screen size of the machine is 6.2 inches and the refresh rate is 120Hz. Furthermore, this smartphone will come with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. The chip will be supported by 12GB of RAM and 256GB/512GB of internal storage.
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In the camera department, this smartphone will come with a triple rear camera setup. Specifically, this smartphone will use a 50MP main camera. It will also have a 12MP super wide-angle camera as well as a 10MP telephoto camera.
Huawei has 20% of the global foldable smartphone market
According to data from DSCC, the total shipments of foldable smartphones in the first quarter of 2022 were 2.22 million units. This is an increase of 571% over the same period last year. Samsung currently dominates the foldable smartphone market with a market share of 74%. In addition, Huawei’s market share of the foldable smartphone market is also increasing, closely following Samsung. In the first quarter of this year, Huawei’s market share hit 20%, of which the sales of the Huawei P50 Pocket played a big role. It could have been much higher but for the U.S. ban. Thus, Huawei and Samsung alone claim 94% of the global foldable smartphone market.
DSCC researchers said that the foldable screen mobile phone market has ushered in rapid expansion. The shipments of foldable smartphones are expected to increase to 107% this year, exceeding 16 million units.