The foldable smartphone market is a two-horse race between Samsung and Huawei. The race would have been more interesting but for Huawei to be banned from the US However, in April last year, Huawei released the lightest foldable smartphone in the world, the Huawei Mate Xs 2. This smartphone weighs only 255 grams, which is comparable with its weight the iPhone 13 Pro Max with case. The Huawei Mate Xs 2 uses extremely light fiberglass and the structure adopts innovative materials such as aviation titanium alloy and extremely light and extremely strong steel. While achieving high strength and high hardness, the body is extremely light. As an old rival to Huawei, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 that Samsung will release also has a significant breakthrough.
According to a recent leak, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 weighs only 254 grams, which is 1 gram lighter than the Huawei Mate Xs 2. In fact, it is safe to say that Samsung deliberately chased Huawei’s weight record. Comparing this weight to the weight of the previous generation Galaxy Z Fold3 (271g), the weight of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 254g 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 120 Hz. The size of this screen is close to the iPad mini which uses an 8.3 inch screen. The size of the external screen of the machine is 6.2 inches and the refresh rate is 120 Hz. In addition, this smartphone will be accompanied by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. The chip will be supported by 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB of internal storage.
In terms of camera, this smartphone will have a triple rear camera setting. 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 holds 20% of the global market for foldable smartphones
According to the DSCC, total shipments of foldable smartphones in the first quarter of 2022 were 2.22 million units. This is an increase of 571% compared to the corresponding period last year. Samsung currently dominates the foldable smartphone market with a market share of 74%. In addition, Huawei’s market share in the foldable smartphone market is also growing, following closely Samsung. In the first quarter of this year, Huawei’s market share reached 20%, from which sales of the Huawei P50 Pocket played a major role. It could have been much higher, but for the US ban. Thus, Huawei and Samsung alone claim 94% of the global market for folding smartphones.
DSCC researchers say the market for dual-screen mobile phones has begun to expand rapidly. Shipments of foldable smartphones are expected to increase to 107% this year, exceeding 16 million units.