What you need to know
- The first rumors about the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 surfaced much earlier than expected.
- Samsung is said to be planning to ship the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 successors in smaller foldable sizes this year.
- The Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 are expected to debut later in 2023.
While Samsung is still preparing to announce the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, the phones’ successors have already made the rounds at the rumor mill. A new report claims that Samsung may release fewer foldable phones in 2023.
according to electricity (Opens in a new tab)Samsung’s sales strategy for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 may be a bit conservative. Citing unnamed industry sources, the outlet reported that Samsung may target shipments of 2 million units for the Z Fold 5 and 8 million units for the clamshell foldable model.
If the numbers are correct, it means that Samsung’s competitor for the best foldable phones in 2023 will be produced in smaller quantities than this year and last year. It is assumed that this is due to the high costs of raw materials, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and economic problems. An earlier report from Nikkei Asia indicated that Samsung has reduced or delayed purchase orders from suppliers. The orders were said to be for chips, electronic parts and product packages.
South Korean business newspaper Maeil Business News also reported earlier that Samsung has significantly lowered its smartphone production target for this year. However, the report notes that Samsung is betting big on the next foldable devices that are expected to debut in August. According to the report, the target shipment of the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 phones is 15 million units.
The rumored strategy of the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 seems a bit unusual for a smartphone maker that has traditionally been increasing shipments of newer models compared to their predecessors. But it’s too early for Samsung to set its future plans in stone.
Meanwhile, the report provided an early leak about the specifications of the foldable phones, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The Z Fold 5, in particular, is claimed to come with a triple rear camera setup featuring a 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN3 sensor.