Samsung says nearly 10 million foldable smartphones were sold in 2021, which means the novel form factor is now here for good.
Reaching the 10 million folding-phones milestone, Samsung has declared the "mainstream moment for foldable smartphones is here" for the category the company says was viewed as "radical" three years ago.
Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Flip are the most widely known foldables phones.
"That's an industry increase of more than 300% from 2020, and I predict this fast-paced growth will continue. We are reaching the moment where these foldable devices are becoming widespread and staking a bigger claim in the overall smartphone market," he continued.
That figure would presumably include foldable devices like the Oppo Find N and Honor Magic V and possibly the Motorola Razr, as well as the Flip and Fold, each with their own take on the foldable concept.
Samsung declared foldables mainstream ahead of its August 10 Unpacked event where it's flagged that folding devices are taking centre stage.
The remaining 30% bought a Galaxy Fold, according to Samsung. Roh calls the Fold the "ultimate productivity device" for its multitasking on a larger screen, while Flip customers liked its Flex mode for easy selfies.
"Three years ago, Galaxy foldables could be summed up in a single word: radical. Very quickly, however, it became clear that this groundbreaking, flexible design fit perfectly into modern lifestyles. As a result, what was once a novelty three years ago, is now the preferred choice for millions," said Roh.