tech2 News StaffApr 10, 2019 17:07:34 IST
Foldable phones are a thing in 2019 and though they're not quite ready to hit store shelves just yet, they're certainly among the most desirable gadgets for a lot of people.
Earlier this year, both Samsung and Huawei announced their own versions of a foldable phone — Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. While both phones look distinctively different from one another, both feature eye-watering price tags, even by premium flagship standards.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, which is expected to start selling by the end of April, starts at $1,980, while the Mate X, which is expected to start shipping in June, has a price tag of around $2,600.
This is very likely one of the reasons why very few people around the world are actually considering buying a foldable phone, even though the tech is fascinating.
However, as per Zhang Yu, the Vice-President of Chinese display makers, BOE, the price of the foldable phones could see a considerable drop by 2021. In a statement to GizmoChina, Yu stated that BOE expects prices to drop to around $1,500 within the next two years.
Meanwhile, as the production of foldable displays begins to pick up, a number of OEMs are also developing their own foldable phones. This list of phone manufacturers includes Xiaomi, LG, Lenovo and even Motorola. More competition definitely means that there will be a dip in prices of foldable phones, but will it be enough to drive a market-wide shift is something only time will tell.
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