Korean technology page TheElec yesterday said Samsung will expand the production of Galaxy Z Fold2 around the world. Although most of the equipment will still be produced by the factory in Gumi, Korea, 20% of the output will be processed by Samsung’s factory in Vietnam and a smaller percentage will be produced. Made in Brazil.
Samsung Electronics Vice President Lee Jae-yong visited the production line in Brazil earlier this year. This is believed to be part of a strategy to diversify production facilities and empower emerging markets in Latin America.
An industry source said “Samsung Electronics’ production plans are adjusted weekly” and “the actual production quantity will vary depending on the success of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in the market”.
This year, Samsung Electronics’ production plan for the Galaxy Z Fold is expected to be around 700,000 to 800,000 units. That means 140,000-160,000 phones will be produced at the factory in Vietnam.
Production lines in Brazil will start operating next month and will only ship a few thousand this year. It is not clear whether the resulting product will be destined for the domestic market (which has high import taxes on phones made abroad) or will be exported to other mass markets.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s primary colors are “mystical black” and “mystical copper”. Samsung Electronics is expected to sell more black models and plans to prepare more black models than the copper model. The gray model in collaboration with fashion brand Tom Browne will be produced in Vietnam. It is expected to be produced and released a bit later than the base color models.
In the past, Samsung Electronics produced the first ‘foldable smartphone’ the Galaxy Fold, the forerunner of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, at the Gumi factory in Gyeongbuk, South Korea. From the Galaxy Z Flip, the model can be folded up and down vertically, the production has been transferred to the production line in Vietnam.