According to The Elec, key components of Samsung’s new foldable smartphones, Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, have begun mass production. The report also claims that the company will target 10 million units for these folding devices. There are also reports that Samsung Electronics will order several spare parts for the production of 10 million mobile phones. That is more than double the 7.1 million foldable phones that were released last year.
Between the two foldable smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 will represent 70% of the shipments. This means that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will represent 30% of the shipment. This is similar to last year’s Z Flip 3 (4.6 million units, 65 percent) and Z Fold 3 (2.5 million units, 35 percent).
Samsung Display expects to complete the expansion of the folding panel unit in the second quarter. Separately, Samsung Display has increased its production lines in Vietnam to ten of the previous seven. Upon completion of the expansion, Samsung Display can produce up to 2 million foldable screens per month, up from 1.5 million previously.
There are already many leaks and speculations about these devices. Previous reports claim that both smartphones will feature the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen1 + processor. In addition, these devices will officially arrive around August. Samsung is one of the major players in the foldable smartphone market. In fact, the company has the largest number of models in the market of foldable smartphones. So, we expect the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 to come with some upgrades.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 / Z Flip 4 battery
Reports from China claim that Samsung is evaluating whether its upcoming foldable smartphone will use batteries from the Chinese battery manufacturer, ATL. According to TheElec, if Samsung Electronics’ mobile division agrees, the Samsung The Galaxy Z series foldable phone will use ATL batteries for the first time. So far, most of the batteries that Samsung has used in the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold series come from its subsidiary, Samsung SDI.
According to reports, Samsung can consider ATL as a supplier of its batteries for cost savings. Analysts in South Korea expect Samsung to cut the price of its latest foldable phone later this year. The cost of the battery is about 5% of the cost of making a smartphone. This is not a critical factor when a company decides the price of a product. However, Samsung Electronics can use ATL to reduce the unit price of the existing Samsung SDI vendor. In addition, Samsung plans to use LG Energy Solutions batteries in its latest foldable phone.