Rumors of an affordable Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 could kill off Ultra hopes

A cheaper Samsung foldable phone could be just around the corner, with Samsung rumored to be developing an affordable ‘Galaxy Z Fold 6 FE’. This FE’s existence does, however, jeopardize the potential of previously rumored premium Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra.

Respected leaker Revegnus highlighted an article from South Korean tech website ETnews that reported “Samsung Electronics is developing two Galaxy Z Fold 6 models, a new Z Fold with a pen input function and a model without pen input. This is a strategy to expand demand by reducing the price burden on foldable smartphones.” 

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ETnews added that Samsung is working on this new affordable model due to competition in the folding phone market from Chinese devices from the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, and OnePlus. They cite research from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) that predicts Huawei will overtake Samsung in foldable sales for the first and second quarters of this year.

According to the report, Samsung’s solution is to make a more affordable version of its next-generation foldable to compete with cheaper rivals, and as a result, be better positioned ahead of Apple’s rumored folding phone, which could arrive as soon as 2026.

No more Ultra?