Samsung President TM Roh officially took the floor to reveal the number of foldable smartphones sold in 2021. As a bonus, the person concerned even states the proportion of the Flip and Fold sold.

Galaxy Z Flip 3 (12)
Galaxy Z Flip 3 // Source: Frandroid – Anthony Wonner and Arnaud Gelineau

The year 2021 was a small turning point in the history of foldable smartphones. Samsung, which dominates this segment, has managed to launch two increasingly successful models with more than interesting potential. On the one hand, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 embodied a pop and practical mindset that won over the masses.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is intended for a more hybrid use, focusing on productivity and ease of use. This time, however, with a more robust look and elegant design. All at different prices. In any case, given the official numbers released by the Korean brand, Samsung’s strategy seems to have hit the mark.

A 300% increase

In fact, the company’s President, TM Roh, has announced the duo’s shipment volumes throughout 2021. In total, almost 10 million foldable Samsung smartphones were shipped this year. An increase of 300% compared to 2020, emphasizes the CEO. Proof that this phone format is taking on real proportions.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

Note that the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 were made official in August 2021. The 10 million units are therefore likely to include older generation models, without Samsung specifying how many. TM Roh, on the other hand, goes further in terms of percentage of flip and fold sold.

Of the 10 million, 70% of the models are Galaxy Z Flip, while 30% are logically Galaxy Z Fold. This difference can be explained by a relatively simple reason: the former costs significantly less (1059 euros when launched in France) than the latter (1799 euros). In addition, the uses are different.

A new vintage record?

At 1059 euros, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is even cheaper than some ultra-premium smartphones from Samsung, Apple or Oppo. This can inevitably pique the curiosity of some who are used to investing significant sums in phones.

TM Roh expects “that this rapid growth will continue“. On August 10, Samsung is expected to launch its Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. If it succeeds in driving prices lower and lower, the democratization of foldable smartphones could be further strengthened. It will also be necessary to to focus on strong advances to increase their attractiveness.


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