Samsung's mobile chief says at least 1 million foldable phones will be mass-produced
by Alan Friedman / Nov 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
Samsung showed off a little bit of its long awaited foldable Infinity Flex display last week at its annual developer conference. During the presentation, Samsung senior vice president of mobile marketing Justin Dennison stated that the first foldable device will go into mass production "in the coming months." As reported by Yonhap News (translated), Samsung mobile chief D J Koh pointed out during the conference that the company will produce at least one million units of the phone, and that if market response is good, Samsung will manufacture more.
Koh predicted that the foldable form factor will not replace the current slab used on the vast majority of smartphones (with Samsung's Android clamshell W2019 an exception). But the executive said that the work done by his company in developing the foldable phone could lead to future models that will carry a stretchable screen. He says that Samsung will release its initial foldable phone in the first half of next year.
At the same time, Koh admitted that Samsung will not be first to the market with a foldable phone, as the Royole FlexPai was introduced on October 31st. The device, which transforms from a 7.8-inch tablet to a 4-inch handset, features high-end specs and is priced at the equivalent of $1,290, $1,435, and $1,865 depending on the model. So far, the phone is available for pre-orders in China only, and will start to ship next month. But the executive wasn't about to heap praise on the Royole FlexPai. Instead, he said that unlike the small California company that created the device, Samsung put some TLC (tender, loving care) into the user experience that customers will have with its foldable handset.
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Samsung is really pushing the envelope with tech in this product. These kind of devices are what take the whole industry forward by strides . Kudos Samsung. Ps - In the last paragraph , It's "Sundar Pichai " Not " Sundae Pichal " . Lol
posted on Nov 11, 2018, 10:06 AM 8
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This is going to be interesting and i am interested in it. If it has S-pen features it just might be my next phone.
posted on Nov 11, 2018, 10:26 AM 6
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It won’t and that’s I think one of the main reasons to hold off on getting the first iteration unless you absolutely need something that folds out into a larger display for web pages or videos. Since the S-Pen relies on Wacom digitizer technology, the display would have to support it. I have yet to find any news article that mentions that Samsung or Wacom has found a way to put this digitizer into a flexible display. In fact, during the entire presentation Samsung didn’t once have a picture of someone drawing on it which would be a killer feature. What’s interesting is that Microsoft with their Surface Phone have shown patents where they indicate the ability to draw on it.
posted on Nov 11, 2018, 11:57 AM 3
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That 1.5” thick phone should be real comfortable in the pocket.
posted on Nov 11, 2018, 9:47 PM 0
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That thick casing was to hide the actual design, but based on your profile picture, I guess you didn't watch the SDC.
posted on Nov 11, 2018, 11:15 PM 1
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