Samsung could produce its upcoming foldable phones in India
Due to the imposition of various U.S. export restrictions on China, Samsung Electronics is now looking to India as a possible production base for its various products, ranging from semiconductors to phones. The company has already been producing a number of low-cost and mid-range phones in India, and may become increasingly dependent on its presence in the Indian subcontinent, as a new report suggests that Samsung is contemplating the production of its upcoming foldable phones there.
With the introduction of the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung has made a major foray into the production of premium phones in India. According to the company, these Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra models sold in India are all manufactured by Samsung locally. Furthermore, the Samsung R&D Institute in Noida has been instrumental in the development of certain elements of One UI, which has been incorporated into the Galaxy S23 series.
Samsung is reportedly considering investing heavily in India to create a new facility for producing its upcoming foldable phones, such as the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. According to Business Korea, the new manufacturing hub could potentially be established in India.
Should Samsung decide to proceed with this plan, it is possible that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5 would be both manufactured and assembled in India. It is unclear whether Samsung intends to produce all of their foldable devices for the international market in India, or if they are going to use the same strategy they employed with the Galaxy S23 series, which is to manufacture locally and only sell in the same region.
Samsung appears to be looking to diversify its foldable phone supply chain. Despite restrictions from the U.S. on China, reports suggest that Samsung may include China’s BOE as a partner and cease solely relying on its in-house Display arm. If this is true, it could mean that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 will feature BOE displays put together in India.