Samsung Sold More Folding Phones in August Than All of 2020

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Samsung has recently released sales numbers for its new folding line of smartphones, and they’re surprising. The Korean smartphone manufacturer disclosed that it sold more folding phones in August 2021 than in the entirety of 2020.  

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that August was the month when the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 were released. The two new folding phones received praise from critics for their improved durability over their predecessors. However, some questions still linger regarding the device’s durability.

Maybe August sales numbers indicate that the folding smartphone revolution is here to stay. Or, is it that foldable phones might be a flash in the pan?

Sales Pick Up

Samsung’s announcement regarding August sales numbers is impressive on paper, but it might not be as eye-catching as Samsung wants reviewers to think it is. After all, 2020 was a slow year for many industries, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 reportedly met with underwhelming sales.

Moreover, Samsung’s line of folding smartphones is pricey. The Fold line of Galaxy phones carries a price tag between $1,800 and $2,000 for a single handset. That’s an eye-watering price for most smartphone customers and puts the Fold line out of reach for the average person.

The Flip 3, on the other hand, sports a price tag of just $999. That makes it comparable to other premium smartphones like the iPhone 13. It’s not surprising to hear that the Flip 3 could push significantly higher sales than its predecessors in light of its price tag.

The Future of Smartphones?

Smartphones have been spinning their wheels since Apple released the iPhone in 2007. Companies have iterated on the “black rectangle with a touchscreen” design for the last 14 years, content to chase better processors and higher-resolution screens.

Samsung’s Fold line represents the first seismic shift in the smartphone industry in years. The concept is compelling for many critics. A phone that can unfurl into a tablet makes a lot of sense. Modern smartphone processors can rival the components found in some laptops. Why wouldn’t customers want wider screens for video games and productivity apps?

As folding screen technology becomes more affordable, some tech analysts believe folding phones will become the norm. Some reviewers laughed at the iPhone when Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2006. Will people make the same mistake with the Samsung Galaxy Fold?