Samsung executive says that it will unveil its foldable phone this year, possibly in November

Samsung executive says that it will unveil its foldable phone this year, possibly in November
Samsung's foldable handset is coming earlier than expected, according to a top company executive. DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, spoke exclusively with CNBC recently and said that the phone could be introduced this November at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco. Koh did say that Samsung has yet to complete development of the device, calling it a "complicated" product to build. The executive did say that development of the foldable phone is "nearly concluded."

The foldable phone is expected to be called the Samsung Galaxy X or Galaxy F. While Koh didn't confirm a name for the device, he did say that Samsung is trying to come up with applications and capabilities that would set the product apart from a regular tablet when it is unfolded fully.


Koh revealed that Samsung isn't just taking a flier on this form factor. He says that consumer surveys taken by Samsung show that there is demand for a foldable phone. As a result, the executive says that it is ""it's time to deliver."

source: CNBC

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19 Comments

1. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Hmm. I really can’t see foldable phones being a big thing. Interesting? Yes. Innovative? Yes. But practical and durable? I can’t see this kind of technology bringing many benefits and sticking around for a long time...

3. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

That's what scumbag Apple owners said about the first Note.

4. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Chill.....!!!

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

I doubt it.

18. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

Rotfl!!!!!!!!!! Now they're even going bigger than Sammy

5. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Sadly you have blessed with technological blindness! Foldable screen (with LG's foldabe battery tech) is probably the next big thing in physical gadgetry. This means, that the devices can become something more than square slate. All those kick ass armband tech, rollable, foldable tech you have seen in sci-fi movies actually are waiting this kind of evolution. Since they are foldable/solft/going to be fabric like, means they are durable, can be installed on any kind of surface. This also means, that the size of the gadgets don't translate 1:1 in to the screen size of the device. While back, around mid 2000 a company called Nokia said "Who would want a big touchable screen. Its impractical gimmick, that drains battery and is easy to break. In addition, who would want to spend so much time behind screen looking at WAP pages!" - you know what happened to a company that didn't see the future?

7. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I completely agree with what you say about the application of this technology in different ways. I was simply referring to it being used for phones. That’s something I don’t see as very practical unless if someone finds a drastic way of redesining what the renders are showing so far. Flicking the phone open every time you want to use it is a nuisance. And even if they use a secondary screen the phone would likely be too thick to wear it comfortably in the pocket. And what price tag would a phone like this have? Not sure if it would be worth the extra dollars for the benefits you’d get. But yes for applications other than a phone I can definitely see potential for this technology.

9. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

True enough. But with these new technologies, we must look at what the concept proposes and not just "today's application". The first Samsung flex screen phone is probably something that requires a lot of love as daily driver, but these things need mature a bit. Second flexible phone will be miles better than the first one. I wouldn't go as far as to say, that phones are not in line to benefit from it, unbreakable screens (read drop proof) is one thing, that "soft" screens can bring. The ZTE proposed wrist phone is also a nice concept for flex phones. But before anything, we must get one, and then hope that Chinese will start to produce that stuff, so we can see, where the tech takes us.

10. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

I always refer to the concept video Samsung came out with years ago that showed how foldable phones could be used and implemented (see video below). The device has a decent size screen on the front, then if the user wants to use the larger screen, they open it up and get a display that's twice as big...so the device has 2 screens. The main thing with this device is you don't have to open it up in order to use it. Obviously the first iteration of the foldable phone won't be even close to the one in this concept video, but they will only improve over time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I see one benefit - folded screen is protected from cracking when dropped. I just hope Samsung knows how to make foldable section durable enough to withstand wear and tear for years.

8. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I pictured in my mind that it would fold more like paper, not to that extent, but also not what we're looking at, that's more of a bend imo

11. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Samsung is now rushing their foldable phones so that they’re first compared to apple. Then in years to come, apple will come up with foldable and the rest of mobile industry will follow.

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You are trying too much.

16. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

what? they had plans for a foldable phone since like 2012 I think it is (correct me if I'm wrong) so that is definitely NOT rushed. But yes I'll agree, Apple will copy after so others will afterward. Even though Apple made fun of big phones like since the first Galaxy Note til they realized that what people liked and copied Samsung.

12. Sagemode87

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

How will this work with phone cases?

13. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

That's good after disappointing Note 9 (at least for me)! I hope the foldable phone will be like Tablet when we unfold it not like remote control!

17. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Disappointing note 9, lol Then it selling out of stock was disappointing, lol

19. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Yes disappointing for me and for many of Note 8 , S8 and even S9 owners... NOTHING NEW!

15. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

is this gonna have a plastic screen then? like I have a Galaxy S9+ and love it but I like having a gorilla glass screen that is pretty scratch resistant and pretty strong. I get that plastic is "shatter resistant" but it dents and scratches easily and feels crappy. You can scratch plastic with your fingernail! that won't last 2+ years

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