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Samsung’s Upcoming Foldable Smartphone Lineup: A More Affordable Option to Compete with Apple

Rumors have been circulating that Samsung is expanding its foldable smartphone range with an affordable model. A new report from the Korean publication The Elec has shed some light on Samsung’s plans for its upcoming foldable devices, including the regular Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6, as well as a more budget-friendly alternative.

Accelerated Production Schedule for the Next-Generation Foldable Phones

The report suggests that Samsung is aiming to make its entry-level foldable a compelling alternative to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 16 series. According to The Elec, Samsung has sped up the production schedule for components of its next-generation foldable phones. As a result, the mass production of parts for the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 is expected to start as early as May. This timeframe is several weeks ahead of last year’s models, and the standard Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 are said to be released sometime in July.

The Budget-Friendly Galaxy Z Fold 6: Release Date and Expected Design Compromises

However, it’s rumored that the budget-friendly Galaxy Z Fold 6 might not hit the market until months after the regular Fold 6 and Flip 6. The Elec’s report suggests that Samsung may launch it in September or October, likely to coincide with Apple’s iPhone 16 launch. This staggered release strategy is aimed at competing with Apple’s flagship devices.

Design Compromises for the Affordable Z Fold

As of now, there isn’t much detail about the affordable Z Fold. However, it is expected to make some design compromises to lower the cost. For instance, it is rumored that it will not support Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

Shipment Target and Market Impact

The Elec’s report also suggests that Samsung isn’t expecting a high shipment target for the cheaper Galaxy Z Fold 6, with estimates around 200,000 to 300,000 units. Despite the relatively low shipment target, this affordable foldable could still influence consumer decisions when compared to Apple’s iPhone 16.

Anticipated Release of the Regular Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6

The report also provides an update on Samsung’s regular foldable models, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6. With the mass production of their parts scheduled to start in May, these devices are expected to be released sometime in July, making them a significant upgrade from last year’s Galaxy Z5 series, which was released in August.

Samsung’s Competitive Strategy: Targeting Apple’s iPhone 16 Launch

By releasing the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 ahead of the budget-friendly model, Samsung aims to target Apple’s iPhone 16 launch. The staggered release strategy could help Samsung capture market share and attract consumers who may be waiting for a more affordable foldable option.


Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone lineup, including the Z Fold 6, Z Flip 6, and a more budget-friendly model, is expected to bring significant updates and competition to the market. With an accelerated production schedule and strategic release dates, Samsung aims to challenge Apple’s upcoming iPhone 16 series and attract a wider range of consumers.

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