Dubai: With 5G and foldable smartphones to be launched soon, will it make a big impact in UAE sales?
Nabila Popal, senior research manager for mobile phones at International Data Corporation, told Gulf News that 5G and foldable smartphones are not going to make a big impact on market size in the UAE this year — mainly due to the price factor and they will not be driving huge volumes as consumers are becoming more conscious of their spending.
“Consumers will see something different surely after a long time — but this region’s recent consumer spending behaviour is not likely to absorb the price. 5G phones are expected more in the second half of this year but not again in major volumes as this technology will likely focus only on flagship devices,” she said.
Even though China’s Royole launched the first commercial foldable smartphone with a flexible display — FlexPai — last year for more than $1,300 (Dh4,775), big brands such as Samsung will be launching it on February 20 and Huawei on February 24 at Mobile World Congress while LG, Xiaomi, Oppo and Motorola later this year.
If rumours are true, Samsung’s foldable phone is expected to cost more than $1,800 (Dh6,606) and availability in March.