Canceled Samsung foldable phone prototype appears, resembles the ZTE Axon M

Canceled Samsung foldable phone prototype appears, resembles the ZTE Axon M
The foldable ZTE Axon M from 2017

According to the most recent information, Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is set to be unveiled in February at next year’s MWC event. Nevertheless, the South Korean company has been working on the idea for a number of years now and it appears one of the brand’s canceled prototypes has just been revealed in a number of new images.

Overall, the concept in question coincides with a patent Samsung filed back in December 2017, and actually resembles last year’s Axon M from ZTE pretty closely. This means there is a main front panel that features a 16:9 display and is coupled with most of the key design aspects seen on Samsung devices prior to the Galaxy S8 launch. Also, featured alongside this is a second display of the exact same dimensions that can be tucked behind the device when not in use or folded out to the left of the main panel in order to extend the viewing area. On an additional note, it’s worth noting that much like the Axon M, Samsung’s prototype is relatively thick and is home to a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Now, aside from the prototype’s design, not much is known about the smartphone other than the fact that it was codenamed Project V and was assigned the model number SM-G929F. However, taking into account the external design characteristics and the custom Samsung UI the smartphone is running, the development of the concept likely took place around the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 back in the summer of 2015.

Unlike this early prototype, the foldable smartphone Samsung ultimately launches at MWC 2019 is expected to feature a truly foldable display that sits at 7.3-inches in size when extended fully, and just 4.5-inches when folded. However, those wishing to get their hands on the new technology will have to pay the price if recent information is anything to go by. After all, a price tag of nearly $2000 is rumored to be planned along with a limited production run of between just 300,000 and 500,000 units.


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25 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I don't see the need for this type of dual screen phones

5. Bankz

Posts: 2514; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

msft will absolutely pawn samsung in this category lmao. This shows as usual that all samsung does is make device without even thinking tbh. I'm very sure they got an inside knowledge of what msft was about to do hence they quickly canceled this so msft doesn't make them look stupid. The andromeda ultramobile device has taken years and years of toiling, research, development, innovation, dedication, strategy and hardwork to do and yet samsung thinks it can just release 2 screens joined together and call it a competitor. LMAO! This is gonna be lol worthy for Sammy. Thank goodness they still have the opportunity to steal some more ideas and maybe even use msft OS before they release their device.

6. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You do realize that this is an old prototype that was never released to the public? Shouldn't you stick to your job as an "Apple Insider" and tell us more about the underscreen fps the X was supposed to rock, the sapphire glass, the triple cameras, and all the crap you keep on talking about months prior to every iPhone's release?

13. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, Bankz has the inside story on everyone these days.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's got an inordinate amount of pain stemming from Apple being outinnovated by Samsung and Samsung flagships being higher rated than Apple phones the past 5 years. He tries to stem the pain by attacking Samsung. It doesn't really help with the pain, but it's all he's got.

7. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Lol bankz, your post just proves how stupid you are and that anything you post should never be taken seriously. You are trolling Samsung for making a prototype of a dual screen phone? Do you even know what a prototype means?

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Bankz how’s your iPhoneX with inscreen FPS and with 512 gigs of internal storage going???

20. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He's hiding in his cave, don't expect him to reply anytime soon. You might see him post under another article, but he got trashed here, so he will read our comments and ignore them for now.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Did you even read the article? This is a three year old concept than never got released. Samsung will release an actual foldable screen. And don't worry, three years later Apple will invent it again.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I agree I am sure there will be some that will buy it but, at the price point they will be asking I don't see it doing very good.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's a really old prototype, it's model name (SM-G929F) is from 2015 era (just like the article said) It got similar model name with S6 (G920F), S6e (G925F), and S6e+ (G928F)

8. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

There no way this I what is being worked on. There isn't even flex screen tech in this. They could have released this in 2014 if they wanted to.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

How ingenious was that. Pretty awesome ah ?

9. deleon629

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Did I miss the mention of an S-Pen being put to use somewhere in all of this? Fail.

10. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Thought he is holding 2 phone together.

11. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Haha Samsung the king of the hinge

12. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Haha Ciro1900 the one that makes people cringe

15. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Do we really need foldable phones?

21. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes...

16. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

That's great they cancelled it because I will never buy a phone like this with this stupid idea

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