Samsung's foldable phone will feature multiple 3.5-inch OLED screens and will be unveiled at MWC?

Samsung's foldable phone will feature multiple 3.5-inch OLED screens and will be unveiled at MWC?
With the Samsung Galaxy S10 now rumored to hit the light of day at CES 2019, there is now talk that Samsung's eagerly awaited foldable phone will be unveiled the following month in Barcelona at MWC 2019. Yes, it is hard to look ahead at events planned for next winter, just as the weather is turning warm in the U.S. The foldable phone has been dubbed the Samsung Galaxy X, and carries the codename of "Winner." Previously, the device had a development codename of "Valley." This change is an indication that the device has gone from a long term development project, to having a slot in the manufacturer's 2019 lineup.

Samsung reportedly brought the Galaxy X to CES this year. The device seen in Vegas is believed to have featured a fold-in design with three 3.5-inch OLED panels; one screen is on the outside of the phone with two on the inside. When the two inside screens are open, it creates a larger 6-inch to 7-inch screen. The display outside the phone is used to interact with the handset when the device is closed.

Considering the use of 3.5-inch OLED displays, as a point of reference the Apple iPhone featured a 3.5-inch screen until the 4-inch iPhone 5 was unveiled in 2013. Keep in mind that the model Samsung allegedly showed to its partners in Vegas may have nothing to do with the final version of the phone. Earlier this week, Samsung received a patent for a foldable phone that folded-in and contained two screens inside. A special hinge uses a sensor to contort the device into pre-set configurations.

source: TheBell (translated) via BGR

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35 Comments

1. Zomer

Posts: 360; Member since: May 31, 2013

2. Alan01

Posts: 560; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

New information about the screen sizes are included in this story. Regards, Alan Friedman

3. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 899; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

So would the outside screen just be for notifications or be able to do everything?

4. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Innovation at it's best. But I am not interested in this at all.

13. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

If that’s what you call innovative...

19. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Sure is

29. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It absolutely is.

21. deleon629

Posts: 431; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

You speak for the world on this comment... I bet-as I type this-they're still scratching their heads wondering why Apple is able to use the same design for nearly a decade and dominate such a great deal of the market. Innovation and practical day-to-day use are two different things and hearing this news about their new phone doesn't necessarily scream "innovation," it just says "Hello world, we're gonna make yet another phone with impractical features you're gonna never use!" smh

5. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 315; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I hope it has an actual, flexible, flodable display and not like how the ZTE Axon M folds.

6. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

They should make a e-ink display on outside body rather than making it a clamshell phone with a outside screen.It will look good on it.

7. Nobias23

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Interested

8. AbhiD

Posts: 498; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

So according to the latest rumors, this thing will have separate small screens joined together by some sort of hinges instead of having one seamless display folding along with body of the phone itself, LOL

14. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

But..innovation...

9. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I am amazed by the concept, eager to see it...and the engineer in me is wondering how they have solved the durability/scratch resistance issue at the screens folding axis.

10. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Who need 3.5 inch screen ?? Even when the inside screen are open 6 or 7 inch isn't something great! Now the Note 8 has already 6.3 inch display! They should do something better and more exciting!

22. deleon629

Posts: 431; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Might come in handy for drawing, "text-to-speech" functionality, or simply viewing notifications & selecting pre-installed text mags...Much like the features that'd contributed to the success of the gear S3.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1604; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I think it's yet another useless invention like curved screens. Something hard to do technically, but with no useful application.

33. riteshrkm

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

i agree with it doesnt have ny usefulness as such but adds a lot to the oveall look & feel to the phone. Even a 3 yr old S6 Edge looks gorgeous to any flat screened today. & that 1440 display compliments the Edge display. (Looks r subjective. jus a personal Opinion)

12. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Uh, isn't that physically impossible? If you combine two (since the third is stated to be on the outside) 3.5 inch screens, the largest you will get is 4.6 inch, according to simple math. And that's so small for all that hassle in an age where the average is already past that point, that this rumor could be deemed false to begin with. To get a (near) 7 inch screen when unfolded, you need two 5.3 inch screens.

15. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Just mocked it up in Illustrator, and with (2) 3.5" screens 1.72" wide the combined diagonal size came out to be 6.34". So depending on the final screen ratio, I'd say 6 to 7 inch total screen is correct.

17. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Here we're more likely talking about a doubling of the short axis though, so: Square root of (2*1.72)^2+(3.05)^2= 4.6 Let's not fool ourselves thinking they will double the long end, which would result in a 1:3.55 ratio screen, completely useless for anything but a long shopping list...

27. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1058; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

If you consider both 3,5" screens to be square or close to it, you're looking at 5,5" combined screen at least.

28. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yes, which is still a far fry from 6 to 7 inch. And still smaller than a current S9, when unfolded. Not going to happen.

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3024; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The article never said 7 inch, check again and you'll find "it creates a larger 6-inch to 7-inch screen"

18. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, only if you double the long end, which gives you a 1:3.55 ratio, useless. Doubling the short end is more likely.

20. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And before anyone mentions it, a starting point closer to a square, means closer to a 5.5" total when unfolded, well under 6 to 7 inches. Basically anything smaller than a 3:1 final ratio when they do hinge at the short end (thus doubling the long axis), results in less than 6 inches. And such a ratio is very unlikely. Even their patent drawings show squares or close to squares before unfolding and some hinged at the long end.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

No offense Samsung, but this sounds incredibly stupid. I’d rather you didn’t waste R&D on this “project” cuz it is gonna flop. Hard.

30. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Samsung know what's gonna flop or not better than other. Yes it will flop if you only view it from profit/sale perspective.

24. Firenze91

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I love the fact that even this concept has a headphone jack

25. wesley.

Posts: 202; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Actually 2 screens. The main one being foldable and measuring 7" when opened up. If it uses 3 screens, it isn't using a foldable screen.

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