WSJ: Foldable Samsung phone arrives early 2019 with a 7-inch screen that folds in half

WSJ: Foldable Samsung phone arrives early 2019 with a 7-inch screen that folds in half
How high is Samsung on the foldable phone it will unveil early next year? According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer has blessed the device with the codename "Winner." That move is either an example of confidence, or wishful thinking on the part of Samsung. The long rumored device has been dubbed the Samsung Galaxy X by us media types, and could be unwrapped as soon as next January's CES in Las Vegas.

The Journal does pass along some rumored specs; the folding screen measures 7-inches and takes up nearly the whole device when fully open in a tablet-like mode. The display can be folded in half, according to the paper's unnamed sources, similar to the way that a wallet is folded. In that position, there is a "small display bar" found on one side of the unit, with cameras found on the other side. The design sounds similar to images from a new Samsung patent that we showed you yesterday.

The foldable Samsung handset, unlike other attempts at such a device, will use one screen that actually bends. The ZTE Axon M does fold, but is made up of two displays connected by a hinge. The technology involved, and the use of a large interior screen and a smaller one on the exterior, have analysts expecting the unit to be priced at $1,500 or more. Samsung expects to earn sales from first adapters, gamers, and those inspired to buy the unit due to the novelty of the design. Some have expressed a concern about the size of the batteries that would be required to power such a product, and there is a fear about the phone overheating. Back in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled twice and finally taken off the market after several units overheated and exploded due to problems with the batteries used by Samsung.

Samsung is expected to release a small number of foldable units early next year to gauge the demand for the product. If all goes well, full production of the phone could be ordered for the second half of 2019. The device is a top priority for the company in light of recent data that shows a decline of as much as 20% between sales of this year's Galaxy S9 flagship line and last year's Galaxy S8 models.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that the Bixby-powered Samsung smart speaker will be unveiled on August 9th, at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Expected to be priced at $300, the device is said to be shaped like a bowl with legs. Featuring lights on top, the product will be promoted as a high-end music player. While undercutting the price of the Apple HomePod, it is priced at a premium to most of Amazon's Echo models.

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24 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So... a flip phone... basically?

3. DBounce

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Sure... Exactly like the Ferrari Enzo is “basically” a car, or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is “basically” a building. So you are “basically” correct... “basically”.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You Samsung fans really need to chill with labeling everything they make some revolutionary masterpiece. Seriously, you haven’t even held it, much less used it, and you’re already comparing it to modern feats of design prowess? Miss me with that BS.

6. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

He's basically saying you don't have a common sense

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I believe anyone comparing this to a Ferrari shouldn't be so inclined as to judge others common sense lol.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

See post 20.

27. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

As if anyone comparing an iphone to a Ferrari would have common sense.

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

He didn't say it was a masterpiece. you did. He didn't compare it to a Ferrari either. You did. He said a Ferrari is basically a car, the Khalifa is basically a building and he agreed that this phone is basically a flip phone. But all of them are more than their basic names. The Ferrari isn't just a car, it is one of the fastest and stylish of exotics. the Khalifa is not just a building, it is the world's tallest and this isnt just basically a flip phone. It is a flip phone reimagine into something better and more stylish. Why is simple logic so difficult for you who claim to be so smart? This may be a cool toy, I just don't see a need for it.

24. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

So why are you, a well known apple fanboy doing here exactly?

17. mikedemoda

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

you're totally right... a flip phone! which means it's way thicker than a candy-bar phone either folded or unfolded, more prone to break in half if dropped, and annoying to open and close every time you wanna use it... I thought flip phones were dead for good

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Were flip phones of the past, any more easier to break? Unless a screen is outside, if you drop a closed phone, it means the glass won't make contact on the drop. only the bodybwill. So that seems more of a protection to me vs candy bar type phones?!

25. peace247 unregistered

these apple trolls are getting worse.

26. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Are you that stupid?

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Flip phone reinvented or revisited.Now we can have more bigger screens.

4. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Flip phone Reimagined

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I don't get why they would do it this way. Why not have 2 screens and fold them horizontal. Then you could at least have a tablet size screen. I cant see this way having any benefits?

9. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

10. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

I would love the e Ericsson T28 in a slim version.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4130; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Interesting idea I guess but not sure a modernized flip phone is filling a void that exists...

15. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I'm sure glad the people hating on this aren't the heads of innovation departments because we would never move past what we currently have now... I'm sure people said a car?? Nope I'm cool with my horse.. Running water?? Nope I'm cool with having my axx Damn near eaten off by a bear while taking a duce out back...

16. Alcyone

Posts: 325; Member since: May 10, 2018

I do believe that the interest will be there when it is introduced and released. It may not sell well, but there will be people wanting to see evolution from this. Samsung won't be the only company in coming years to try to innovate along these lines. A certain one company will be playing catch up; like usual.

18. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

LOL, never work. Unless you find some way to protect the IPS or AMOLED panel under the phone, it will be too easy to damage. Just look how scratched up phones are these days.

23. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wow PA... why would you even bring up the Note 7 battery episode here? It is 2 years old and post that Samsung has released several models of phones including 2 flagships without any issue. Also there is no direct comparison because the Note 7 was a "normal" slab while this if true, will feature a bendable screen. I would let it slide if you mention iphone 6 bendgate in 9 out of 10 articles about iphone, but you don't.

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