Samsung has been one of the only brands so far that has managed to release multiple iterations of its collapsible smartphones. And it looks like the South Korean tech giant is ready to test the waters for more budget models.
according to one report (opens in new tab) by the Korean technology publication Naver, Samsung began work on the development and design affordable folding devices. The report states that the project was initiated by Samsung Electronic’s Mobile Experience (MX) division. There have been previous reports that the company was targeting a 2024 release.
Samsung aims to bring an affordable Z Flip and Z Fold version to the international market. In India, we can see smartphones available for approximately Rs 60,000. Samsung’s folding lineup of the Z Flip 3 is priced at Rs 84,999 while the Z Fold 3 is priced at Rs 1,49,999. And these were just the base model prices.
If Samsung is really working to bring the price down by more than 20%, then there will certainly be some differences in the hardware. It was also previously suggested that Samsung will add these foldables to the A-series smartphones. These would introduce the essential features that complement the foldable device and its software. The most premium features will remain exclusive to premium Z-series products.
Samsung isn’t the first company to try out the affordable foldable smartphone. Rumors suggest that Oppo was also working on launching a low-cost foldable smartphone. These reports arrived shortly after the company launched Find N.
Sacrifice premium features for a still expensive device
Foldable smartphones have not yet become mainstream devices not only in India but internationally as well. Anyone who buys a folding one is sure to turn some heads and draw attention for sure. But, a foldable device that looks like any other device on the market and with a hefty price tag will also raise some eyebrows.
For one, foldable smartphones are still in their early stages. They still have a long way to go in terms of the technology used. Considering budgeting something so soon is a big commitment and a milestone to reach. There is no doubt that Samsung will be able to do this within the timeframe they set. But it seems more practical to wait for the company to tease the device by 2024. They could release it a few years later, after they’ve ironed out any shortcomings.
The second and biggest concern is the hardware and features of the device. Mainly for the price you will pay. Even for Rs 60,000 you can opt for the Galaxy S series. The A series aims to be premium features at affordable prices. Features not accessible at premium prices. If one is really interested in getting a foldable device, then the premium Z-series is the only logical option.