Samsung already has two foldable smartphone lineups: the Galaxy Z Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip. As per a report by Galaxy Club, it seems that the tech giant is gearing up for the third generation, which is expected to debut this year. This device is expected to be like a foldable laptop. Samsung is expected to launch three foldable phones this year, codenamed B4, Q4 and N4.
The report suggests that the B4 model is the Galaxy Z Flip 4 as the “B” stands for “Bloom”, which is a known encoding. The Q4 model is likely to be the Galaxy Z Fold 4 as the Fold 3 was codenamed Q3. Hence, it is believed that the third, N4 model is Samsung’s new mystery foldable phone. The name also fits the “fourth generation foldable” list.
Samsung’s first slide-out phablet
In terms of design, the alleged foldable phone is likely to be Samsung’s first slide-out phablet with a roll-up screen. Also, there is speculation that this could be the first fold-with-three-panel variant. Notably, the report suggests that Samsung is not planning to produce this smartphone in large quantities as compared to the other two upcoming foldable phones. Since, this is a completely new concept that we have already seen, therefore, it makes sense to produce it in limited quantities.
Research firm Omida has reported that Samsung saw year-on-year growth of 309 percent in 2021. In addition, Samsung is now one of the largest smartphone makers in the world. The major area where it has gained a lot of popularity is foldable smartphones. It is reported that the company has accounted for over 88 percent of foldable smartphone shipments.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 becomes “World’s Leading Foldable Smartphone Model” with 4.6 million shipments. It reported 52 percent of the foldable smartphone market in 2021. It was followed by Galaxy Z Fold 3 with 2.5 million shipments and 27 percent market share. Huawei is said to be the second largest OEM in this smartphone category, with its star performer being the Huawei Mate X2.