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Analyst says Galaxy Z Flip has so far been the best selling foldable phone of 2020


Display analyst Ross Young claims that the Galaxy Z Flip has so far been the top-selling foldable device in 2020. At $1,380, it can hardly be deemed affordable, but the price is much more palatable when compared to the Galaxy Fold, which costs $1,980. The clamshell phone features last year’s Snapdragon 855 Plus and also cuts corners elsewhere to keep the price from ballooning. 
In comparison, the Galaxy Fold is a true flagship, but perhaps the initial fiasco and of course its price stood in the way of its success. While we don’t know how many units were sold, the figure was well below 1 million last year and Samsung’s target was reportedly to sell 500,000 devices in 2019.
In contrast, nearly 400,000 Galaxy Flip Z units were seemingly shipped worldwide by March alone. It perhaps also helped that the phone’s main screen was protected by an Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) layer, which made it a little more durable than the Galaxy Fold which features a Colorless Polyimide (CPI) film that is more prone to damage.
The Galaxy Fold’s successor, which a new report claims will be called the Galaxy Z Fold 2, will also be protected by a UTG film. A 5G-ready version of the Galaxy Z Flip is also said to be on the way, and it’s tipped to be a pretty significant upgrade over the original device, something which will only contribute to sales further. 
Young also hints that Samsung will release the Galaxy Z Flip 2 and Z Fold 3 next year, which will go on to compete for the title of the best selling foldable device in 2021. Samsung is believed to be working with Corning, the company which makes Gorilla Glass, on a bendable UTG and it will likely be ready by next year. This would make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 far more robust than Samsung’s current foldable devices and it will probably be strong enough to withstand the S Pen stylus too, something which the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will ship without it seems.
Later on, Apple will likely release a foldable iPhone which will also have Corning’s UTG layer. It’s hard to comment on Apple’s plans right now, and per one report, the company will launch a dual-screen device like the Surface Duo first before presumably transitioning to bendable displays.



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