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Samsung may cancel launch of budget model Galaxy Z Fold 6
Samsung may cancel launch of budget model Galaxy Z Fold 6
  • Gijong Lee
  • 승인 2024.05.14 07:23
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Tech giant reevaluating plan 
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Samsung may cancel its planned launch of a budget model version of its upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 foldable phone, TheElec has learned.

The South Korean tech giant initially planned to showcase three foldable phones during the summer: Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, and an affordable version of the Fold 6.

Fold 6 sports a digitizer layer on the screen to recognize the S-Pen stylus, and the budget model wouldn’t have this but was instead planned to be thinner.

However, component suppliers to Samsung, which will start mass production of the parts to be used in these foldable devices, told TheElec that they didn’t get orders for the budget model Fold 6.

Samsung even up until recently conducted the 200,000 fold durability test for the budget model Fold 6.

However, once it added water- and dust resistance, the product proved to be not thinner than their Chinese rival Huawei’s counterpart.

Samsung was spurred to make its Z 6 series thinner because of Huawei’s foldable phones last year __ Mate X3 was 11.8mm in thickness while Mate X5 was 11.1mm. Last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 was 13.4mm thick. Xiaomi’s Mix Fold 3 was also 10.9mm in thickness.

This means Samsung’s Fold 6 budget model and little differentiating point from these rival products.

Uncertain demand for smartphones this year is also likely playing a factor in the South Korean tech giant’s reevaluation.

Besides introducing a budget model for Fold 6, Samsung is also planning to introduce a budget model for the Flip 7 launching next year, so this plan may still be on track.

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