Foldable smartphones have not just come to stay. They seem to be growing in popularity every year. A new prediction by TrendForce has shown that foldables will see another substantial growth this year.
According to a report that TrendForce has just published, foldable smartphones will grow by 44% YoY in 2023. The rise in the demand for Foldables also mean the hinges which are used in foldable devices will also see a rise in demand. This alone is tipped to bring in about $500 million in 2023.
Foldable Smartphones Shipment Will Reach 18.6 Million in 2023
The total shipment of foldable smartphones in 2022 was 12.8 million units. With regards to the 2023 calendar forecast by TrendForce, this number will increase to 18.5 million uinits this year.
Out of the 12.8 units sold in 2022, Samsung clearly occupied the top spot with 82% of the market share. Other brands such as Huawei, Vivo, Xiaomi and Oppo shared the remaining 18% amongst themselves. This could solely be due to the fact that these brands only sell their Foldable devices in China. Another factor could be device limitations as these brands only produce limited quantities.
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The Focus on Hinges Used in Foldable Smartphones
On the flip side, TrendForce’s forecast focuses mainly on hinges rather than Foldables. Currently, we have two types of hinges used for foldable phones. We have the teardrop shaped and the U- shape hinges. The difference between both hinges is that, the teardrop contains many different parts than the U-shaped hinge. Also, the teardrop costs a lot more than the U-shaped.
According to the analysis, foldable manufacturers would like to cut down on the cost of production as the demand goes high. Therefore, most manufacturers would rather consider cheaper hinges.
In the year 2023, the overall hinge market will reach an amount of $500 million. That would be a percentage rise of 14.6% YoY. The key players in the hinge business are KH-Vatec and S-Connect. Both companies are makers of U-shaped hinges with Samsung taking most of their supplies. Other brands go for the more complex hinges. The manufacturers of these complex hinges include Amphenol and Asia Vital Components.
Source / Via : GsmArena