Samsung offers its foldable display to Apple and Google, just smaller

Samsung offers its foldable display to Apple and Google, just smaller
With the above slogan for its first bendable phone, the Galaxy Fold, it's not hard to believe the latest Korean media reports that Samsung has offered the technology to Apple and Google as well.

According to industry insiders, Samsung has provided a foldable display panel to the two Silicon Valley juggernauts that is 7.2 inches when unfurled, as opposed to the 7.3" OG Fold. While that may seem petty, it could also stem from the fact that Samsung has apparently provided only the panel and a set with the display drivers, connectors, batteries, etc., all you may need for evaluating the concept as a reference board.

It turns out that Samsung is willing to sacrifice some exclusivity in order to grow the foldable phone ecosystem as quickly as possible. It did the same thing last year when it provided samples to Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi and Oppo, as the other juggernaut - Huawei - ultimately went with BOE for its first foldable phone, the Mate X.

If Apple and Google like what they see, and given the scope of their powerful hardware and software reach, Samsung is in for a huge jump in demand for its foldable OLED panels, and a jumpstart to an ecosystem that didn't exist until now. 

If that's the future of smartphones, Samsung wants to be at the forefront, but also to increase the mass appeal and lower the prices as soon as possible, so that the rise in foldable handset shipments can offset the stagnation in the "rigid" part of the industry. April 26th can't come soon enough for us to peruse and abuse the Fold we've been waiting to bend for about seven years now.

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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19 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Perhaps Apple and Google can make better methods of foldable phones than Samsung themselves.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Looks fine to me. Just because you hate Samsung doesn't mean its not a good phone.

7. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Well the blueprint for foldable phones has been done for them, all Apple and Google need to do is add some refinements and features which the fold may lack.

2. koioz

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

This Korean company is very generous to Chinese phone makers like Apple , xiaomi and Oppo.

3. Fred3

Posts: 559; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It's all in the money. Samsung knows Apple will find someone to make so they basicly just beat the competition to the punch. Just like Google letting Apple use the servers for Icloud

18. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Samsung Display doesn't really have to, but since Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display are technically two separate companies, they have to act like one. Meaning, Samsung Display just can't offer exclusivity to Samsung Electronic just because it's their parent company; it has to demonstrate that it's independent and offer their most cutting-edge products to all willing customers in search of profit.

4. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This is good. The sooner other oems can design and hit the market, the sooner prices will become more reasonable.

15. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Not when it comes to OLED display tech. Samsung has been leading the industry for almost a full decade, as the single largest producer and customer.

16. LiveFaith

Posts: 484; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Yes. You're right. Larger adoption will drive costs down of foldables. Plus having more eyes out their designing means we'll see more and more various designs. The current smartphone design went through a lot of iterations before the market settled into the slabs we all use. I imagine foldables going through a similar evolution. More players will expedite the fun for users.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd love to see two huge players like Apple and Google get in the foldable le game. That would be huge for consumers, and drive competition, as well as drive down cost.

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

But will it truly drive down costs? seeing as Flagship costs haven't been decreasing, especially from Apple, Google, or Samsung. Personally I feel like they are doing it to get more hands working on Apps and other software. With Apple being the force they are, developers would definitely turn focus to Fold-capable apps.

9. Vogue1985

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Not surprised Samsung is again working with Apple. When i saw the Fold its edges reminded me of the Iphone .especially the side withpout the headphone jack. This well be very interesting esp since there could be a Google Pixel version.

10. ing0ram

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 15, 2019

I just hope that Apple will make (if they make one) foldable phone with fold inwards, as the Galaxy fold has, because if both Apple and Samsung have this style, it should make it more popular to other companies than outwards fold, which in my opinion is just worse (but cheaper and easier to make).

14. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Samsung already makes one and sent samples to Apple. So in a year or two, yes. Sure, Apple and their fanbois would claim that they either invented it or "perfected" the product.

11. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Humble and generous in order to change the world.

17. LiveFaith

Posts: 484; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Maybe humble and generous. IDK. But, this is a business decision for Samsung. Conglomerates do this kind of business every day. Samsung's retail phone biz is what we come here to discuss. But, they have hundreds of other money makers. Theyll compete w Apple for phones while serving Apple as an important customer. It's smart business.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2243; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

So inessense, grow out Samsung Semiconductor rather than Samsung Mobile. Sounds like a plan?!?!? Confused... Why not price the phone at slightly above break even rather than sell less than 100,000 units a niche market. Again makes no sense!?!?!

13. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Not sure if that's a good strategy for Samsung. It seems like Samsung could probably sell a lot of their own smartphones with exclusivity. Why else would anyone consider Samsung when consumers can buy Apple iPhones with everything Samsung phone offers, plus Apple exclusive features? It's short-sighted.

19. albie1937

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

That Apple foldable phone gonna cost a grip.

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