The year 2021 is going to end. And now the time has come to remember the most remarkable events of the year. While a lot has happened in the past year – 5G smartphones became more accessible, Facebook became meta, NFTs gained popularity – one development that stands out among others is the rise of foldable display smartphones.
In 2021, foldable display smartphones entered the mainstream smartphone market. What seemed like a spec became more accessible and a bit more reliable as well. All this helped foldable display smartphones or ‘foldables’ as they are said to easily gain acceptance among a wider user base and not just among tech enthusiasts.
The credit for this change goes to companies like Samsung, Huawei and Motorola, which have dared to do something that most smartphone makers – even those with the right set of devices like LG – have not been able to do. He generalized the concept of foldable display smartphone. Generation after generation, these companies helped build a trust factor among smartphone users which is vital for any new product to be successful.
About foldables in the market right now
There are a total of four foldable display smartphones in Huawei’s portfolio. The company entered this category in February 2019 with the launch of Huawei Mate X with a notebook-like design. Since then, it has been launching annual updates for its Mate series. It launched the Huawei Mate Xs in February 2020 and the Huawei Mate X2 in February this year. Recently, Huawei launched the Huawei P50 Pocket with a clamshell design, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone.
Samsung, on the other hand, has a total of six foldables in its portfolio. The company launched its first foldable display smartphone with a notebook design – the Samsung Galaxy Fold – in the same month as Huawei launched the Mate X. The next year, the Korean smartphone maker launched the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 as the successor to its first-gen foldable. smart Fone. It also launched the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G foldable display smartphones with the clamshell design in the same year. Then this year, Samsung formalized its two foldable display smartphone series by launching the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphones.
Like Huawei and Samsung, Motorola launched its first foldable display smartphone – the Motorola Razr – in 2019. This second generation foldable display smartphone – Motorola Razr 5G – arrived next year in 2020.
But Huawei, Motorola and Samsung aren’t the only ones launching foldable display smartphones this year. The year 2021 saw two new entrants in the foldables market. The first are Xiaomi, which launched the Mi Mix Fold, and Oppo, which launched the Oppo Find N earlier this month.
What works in their favor?
Foldable display smartphones – regardless of company or design – have come a long way since their debut in 2019. So, the year 2019 was significant, because it was the first step and perhaps the most important step. Concept into a reality. Sure, some of the first foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Fold, were fraught with issues. But there were important lessons to be learned not only for Samsung but for other smartphone makers as well.
Over the years, though they may have been few, smartphone makers have refined their designs and plugged flaws while adding new features and functionalities to the mix. Not only this, they have also started improving their devices by making slight changes in the design. For example, the gold version of the Huawei P50 Pocket features an emboss design with a circular secondary design. All of these factors – design improvements, incremental updates and addressing issues – make foldable display smartphones an attractive proposition for those at least who can afford them.
Why is 2021 important?
Like 2019, the year 2021 has also been very important in the history of foldable display smartphones. In 2021, we saw foldable display smartphones becoming a bit more affordable due to the introduction of the clamshell design. For reference, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 price in India is Rs 84,999.
We also saw the evolution of design in the foldables launched this year. But the more important factors are the consistency and the change in direction that the companies have showcased this year which has had a reassuring effect on the users and in turn helped the foldable display smartphone gain acceptance among the masses. For example, Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August this year – a time when it usually launches its flagship Note series smartphones. On the other hand, the company’s Note series is now believed to be a dead person.
That said, the era of foldable display smartphones is not here yet. Foldables have a long way to go if they want to be taken more seriously by the masses. First, smartphone makers need to make them more affordable, on the lines of their premium budget smartphones. Not everyone wants to buy a smartphone that costs more than their PC.
The second and perhaps most important challenge is availability. As of now, Samsung and Motorola are the only two smartphone makers offering their entire foldable portfolio in India and around the world. Companies like Oppo and Xiaomi have launched foldable display smartphones, but they are not available outside their country.
Then of course, there are reservations about its durability. It is believed that they are being resolved with each iteration launched, yet more awareness needs to be created to help people overcome their initial blockages.
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