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.