Strategy Analytics have already prepared a forecast regarding the development of the market for foldable smartphones and even devices with folding screens

A week ago we published the first «live» photos of the smartphone ZTE Axon M, which is made in the form factor of the «horizontal clamshell». About the device, little is known.

Reported two Full HD screens that together comprise a panel with a diagonal of 6.8 inches. And photos, apparently, specifies that the displays will be located on the external parts of parts of the device.

Previous data pointed to the announcement on 17 October. Now another source, referring to Strategy Analytics, says that the device will hit the shelves next year, although it is likely that we’re talking about different models.

Analysts predict that sales of foldable smartphones next year will be around 700,000 units, and ZTE itself will position the new product more as a conceptual device.

Analysts also argue that in 2019 sale foldable smartphones reached 3.2 million units. A year later sale supposedly grow to 13.6 million, and after another two years and even reached 51 million copies (at source provided 510 million, but this is clearly a typo). Considering that while the market is not a single such a device, such forecasts should be treated with caution.

In addition, analysts argue that smartphones with folding screens will be released only a year later, devices with folding screens, i.e. in 2019. In the same year, their sales reportedly amount to 2.1 million units, and by 2022 will increase to 3.14 million



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