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Rumor | Foldable smartphones should fall to 'normal' flagship status in terms of price in 2022

Foldable smartphones might get more affordable soon...sort of. (Source: Samsung)
Foldable smartphones might get more affordable soon...sort of. (Source: Samsung)
Foldable devices represent the most cutting-edge mobile device technology around thanks to their flexible main displays in 2021. However, this potential advantage typically comes at a particularly premium price. A famous leaker claims that they will get cheaper in the coming year, if only in the sense they become more competitive with 'normal' flagship phones.

Samsung may have finally cracked the folding phablet in 2019 (barring 1 false start, of course); however, the resulting current flagship device remains among its most expensive mobile devices in 2021. However, according to an often knowledgeable tipster, the rumored Galaxy Z Fold3 successor could get more accessible in the year to come.

New foldable smartphones, as Digital Chat Station points out, still easily reach 10,000 yuan (~US$1,500), due to the emerging tech and components involved. However, their successors may fall in price to the level of conventional smartphones - although they would still be those of a top-end nature.

Therefore, something like the Galaxy Z Fold4 might cost about the same as a Galaxy S22 variant of the same specs. In addition, prices might inevitably fall as more OEMs (currently thought to include Vivo, Honor and Google, but not Apple) enter the market in 2022 as rumored. Therefore, that year might be remembered as the one in which foldable phones and tablets started to get into consumer hands in earnest.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-12-13 (Update: 2021-12-13)