Foldable phones will get cheaper, but not this year

Foldable phones like Galaxy Fold, Mate X, and Motorola Razr are available in some markets already. This year, we could see more such foldable phones from companies like Samsung, Huawei and even Xiaomi.


You will have to wait for affordable foldable devices, but they will come for sure.

This is what Kedar Kondap, Qualcomm vice-president of product management, indicated to, adding that consumers can expect foldable smartphones with mid-range prices in the future, but not this year.

“There are display vendors who are trying to make sure these form factors are available pretty ubiquitously over time,” Kondap said on the sidelines of the launch of Qualcomm’s new processors in New Delhi. “It might take some time.”

Kondap doesn’t think foldable phones have matured enough to hit an affordable price yet. In fact, he also goes on to say that smartphones with folding screens will not make the traditional phone form factor redundant, at least in the near future. Instead, a more conventional phone design will co-exist with the new form factor for a while before foldable smartphones take control over the market.

There’s a lot of hype around the new form factor, but the truth is that we are only seeing the first generation of foldable phones. At $1980, the Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone costs way more than the priciest traditional smartphones.

And it’s not hard to imagine why the Galaxy Fold is an expensive smartphone. Despite its early screen issues and delayed release date, Samsung’s revamped foldable smartphone generated plenty of hype for its unconventional design. It’s a two-in-one device that’s both a phone and a tablet.

This matters a lot, especially at a time when all smartphones look the same and there is no differentiation between two phones except for a few minor changes.

The good thing about foldable phones is that they offer consumers something new. This is one reason why companies like Samsung, Motorola and Huawei are excited about foldable phones. You can have a phone like the new Motorola Razr that can hold in half, or the Mate X with its screen wraps it around the outside so users can still view it when it’s closed.

Kondap said Qualcomm is following the foldable smartphone segment closely and is working with both display manufacturers and handset makers. A lot of effort has gone in on the chipset level to make sure the foldable display on a foldable phone renders a lot more pixels, he said. More

By Anuj Bhatia