Samsung is reportedly polishing the Galaxy Fold's design ahead of production

Samsung is reportedly polishing the Galaxy Fold's design ahead of production
As expected, Samsung’s foldable smartphone was a public no-show at CES 2019. But according to The Korea Herald, a prototype of the device was actually shown off behind closed doors yesterday to some of the company’s key partners.

Speaking with a high-ranking executive from one of Samsung’s customers, it has been revealed that the South Korean giant is currently applying the finishing touches to the Galaxy Fold’s hardware and software.

In its current state, when used as a tablet the device does not “show any crease indicating it had been bent.” However, folding it completely does lead to some sort of “breakage.” Because of this, it seems Samsung is testing a modified variant that leaves the sides “slightly lifted” when in the fold position. Currently, the prototype does show a “crease mark” but Samsung allegedly assured customers that this wouldn’t be present on the final product.

Unsurprisingly, the foldable phone is significantly thinner when fully opened. According to the same executive, however, it isn’t too thick when folded. In fact, the added thickness reportedly allows for a stable grip.

Aside from this, an executive from another customer claimed that Samsung’s device was “specialized for multitasking” and that it would be perfect for people who currently use “both a smartphone and a tablet.” Rather interestingly, he went on to compare the experience to Nokia’s first flip phone, which would suggest there are some big improvements to be made.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will probably be announced at MWC 2019 next month or at a separate even later on in the year. Due to its new form factor, Samsung will be limiting production to around 1 million units and, initially, looks set to target consumers in their 40s.

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9 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 700; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

This will a fully ready product before it hits the market. Samsung knows that if it messes up with an incomplete or gimmicky product, they will be crucified on Social media and mainstream media.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2036; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good luck pricing it under $1000. I can see Samsung pricing this between $1300-$1400. They are only looking to sell less than 2-3 million next year, while their S10 creates a bulk of their sales.

5. master-mkk

Posts: 200; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

This is a first gen product Samsung is obviously not looking at this product as money pig but rather an attention grabber and innovation symbol

9. mootu

Posts: 1271; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

There were people at CES who have seen this in private and they have been quoted on other sites as saying this will be around the £1700.

3. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Case/Protection situation will be a nightmare for this phone.

7. blastertoad

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

No different then cases on slider phones.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1781; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Can't wait!

6. gamehead unregistered

Look forward to it

8. dmdzordilla

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Merge the Fold and Note series and it is a major multitasking device! Listen Samsung

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