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Huawei Is Catching Up To Samsung's Foldable Sales

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Foldable phones have carved out their niche in the smartphone market as more OEMs are hopping on the bandwagon. Two prominent figures in the foldable smartphone market are Huawei and Samsung. According to Ross Young, Huawei is catching up to Samsung in terms of foldable smartphone sales.

Samsung and Huawei were the first two companies to build foldable phones back in 2019, and they’ve both made significant improvements to their designs in the intervening years. Samsung has taken a clear lead over the other companies that entered the foldable smartphone space.

But, Huawei is catching up to Samsung in foldable phone sales

No star burns forever, and Huawei just might be the company to overtake Samsung. Let’s get one thing straight, Samsung still has a HUGE lead in the foldable smartphone space. However, Huawei is the only other company besides Honor to capture more than 20% of the foldable phones market last year.

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Starting in Q1 of 2021, the Huawei Mate X2 had between 40% and 50% of the market, but it had a sharp decline as the year went on. It hit below 10% around the third quarter of the year, as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 started at about 60% and 23%, respectively.

However, Huawei had an ace up its sleeve in the form of the Huawei P50 Pocket. This phone is the company’s clamshell foldable to rival the Galaxy Z Flip 3. This device launched in Q4 of 2021 and saw a meteoric rise as the Galaxy Z Flip 3 saw a sharp decline.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 ended Q1 2022 at just above 20% and the P50 Pocket ended the quarter at just below that. If both phones keep this trajectory, the P50 Pocket will surpass the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in terms of sales.

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Huawei is the only real competition to Samsung’s reign over the foldable market even though the company has been barred from operating in America. The lack of Google Play services and access to American customers is definitely a weight keeping the company down. While this is true, the company is still able to push forward. However, things might change with the 2022 Galaxy Foldable phones launch later in the year.