Samsung's foldable phone to be released at 'appropriate' price, display specs and battery life detailed



During the course of its ongoing Developer Conference, Samsung will be doling out details about its foldable phone by the trickle it seems. While participating in panel presentations for developers and industry insiders, it has tipped details on the bendy handset's price and 2019 release date expectations, as well as on the Infinity Flex display's resolution.

Starting off with the display specs you see above, the Cover Display is of the 4.58" variety with tall 21:9 aspect ratio, just as rumored before, while the internal main screen is with a large, 7.3" diagonal and orthodox 4:3 ratio. That seems to be the best of both worlds - a compact handset in the 5-inch realm that is so hard to find these days, and a giant 7-incher when you need it. The displays' resolutions are relatively ho-hum, but at 420ppi they are more than enough for every task you throw at them. 

Such pixel densities mean that the power draw will be much less than that of the QHD+ displays that Samsung puts in its flagships. When asked about the battery life of the flexible phone, the presenters said they are aiming to reach the level of its current phones, even though we'd have two displays in total - one Infinity Flex panel, and a run-of-the-mill OLED on the outside. Moreover, when the phone is pushed open to use the main screen, the cover one goes black to save on battery when it's not in use.

Pressed on the price and release date of the Galaxy Flex, or whatever it gets named, Samsung's reps calmed the panel down by saying that they will try to reach agreeable pricing level, but couldn't engage themselves with a firm release date, be it around the CES, the MWC, or later in 2019:


Something tells us that a 7.3" Infinity Flex display would be costing Samsung a lot to produce, not to mention the extra OLED display at the front, the flagship-grade 7nm chipset with possible 5G modem, the high-end cameras, and the innovative body and battery solutions that have to be reached in order for the phone to bend. Expect $1500 in the low range of rumors and up to $2000 on the high mark. That's the price to pay if you want to be an early adopter of the next great thing in mobile.

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21 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Bring it on Samsung! I'm hyped!!

2. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Im sold.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Yeah price this for $700 and it will sell. But if they price this for $999 then it will be flop.

4. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Doubtful it will be less than $1,200 - $1,500.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oh look who is here. Show us on the doll where Samsung touched you.

10. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

No way I’m gonna touch an android phone, i still have class unlike you fandroids who sucks!!! Love gimmiks!!! And loves cheap products.

20. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Because if there's one thing iPhone users are known for, it's for being classy... ... that was sarcasm, btw.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am totally interested in this phone if it has all the note features. For a tablet phone it should.

7. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I'm ready Samsung. The future is now

8. AbhiD

Posts: 857; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Good luck to anyone expecting it to be any less than $1500. More expectedly i think it will start at $2000 rather. They won't just ask the money for extremely costly components, but they will also ask the money for million of dollars that they have burned on it's development for half a decade. Plus they are expecting to sell a few thousand units, not even million. They will look to price it as much of a novelty as they can.

9. heyhoa

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

It will be like using s4(4.5 inch phone) with 7.3 inch display when you need.

11. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 763; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The S4 had a 5" screen, but whatever.

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

As a S9+ user, I find it funny that other Samsung fans on here s**t on Apple for their prices but are okay paying $2000 for this just because the screen folds. The way things seem to be going, the last Samsung phone I touch will be the Note 9

15. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

PhoneArena never writes the whole truth. This is a niche product and will only release in limited amount, around 100000 examples only. So no, this isn't for regulars consumers device. Also the price aren't decided, all are just guesses.

16. wickedwilly

Posts: 752; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

They are not paying $2,000 for a phone, the phone is not even announced yet. You are paying near the top for a Samsung phone, so that price is ok. Only the Note is a little more expensive and compared to the $1,000 and up iPhones it looks great value. The folding phone will be a niche low production model so only those who really like to explore new innovative ideas at an early stage will be buying them.

17. wickedwilly

Posts: 752; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

They are not paying $2,000 for a phone, the phone is not even announced yet. You are paying near the top for a Samsung phone, so that price is ok. Only the Note is a little more expensive and compared to the $1,000 and up iPhones it looks great value. The folding phone will be a niche low production model so only those who really like to explore new innovative ideas at an early stage will be buying them.

18. odachek

Posts: 132; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

A lot of consumers will be skeptic about the appearance, but trust me, it will slowly morph to a better looking phone in years to come, similar to Nokia's era.

19. almostdone

Posts: 450; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Samsung will price the entry model between 999 and 1199. You heard it here first.

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