Samsung's mobile chief says at least 1 million foldable phones will be mass-produced


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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17 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

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

2. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2205; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 491; Member since: May 02, 2016

Ugh .. say 999,999 because one is mine already

4. CEDEOTB

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Chief said this is it.

5. almostdone

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

The Royal FlexPai is not even a true foldable phone. It has a massive hinge and gap. I describe it as a flexible phone. Samsung implementation is the future.

6. almostdone

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

The Royal FlexPai is not even a true foldable phone. It has a massive hinge and gap. I describe it as a flexible phone. Samsung implementation is the future.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1779; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

One of those million produced will be mine!

9. surethom

Posts: 1535; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

4" lol will wait for front screen to have smaller bezels & be more like 5.5" that then folded out.

10. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

So what about cases and screen protectors?

11. odachek

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Samsung should sell them in reasonable price, so that many can be seen on the train using foldable phones, pwning others with notches phones.

12. FLOGROWN

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

How many of those shipments will be buy back and counted as sales

13. rouyal

Posts: 1529; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

That 1.5” thick phone should be real comfortable in the pocket.

14. odachek

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That thick casing was to hide the actual design, but based on your profile picture, I guess you didn't watch the SDC.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1529; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Is it really? How thin do you think they can make a foldable tablet, with a second screen on the outside. Now put in battery and boards. It's gonna be thicker than a milkshake.

16. odachek

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

We used to put thick Nokia (edit: & of course Ericsson) phones in our pockets remember?;)

17. rouyal

Posts: 1529; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I didn’t get to experience that. I was a poor high school student back then and couldn’t afford a Nokia or even a pager. Had some flip and slider phones when I got to work though.

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