Samsung is working on two new foldable phones, also trying to fix crease on Galaxy Fold

Samsung is working on two new foldable phones, also trying to fix crease on Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is shaping to be the first mainstream foldable phone, but Samsung is already working on two other foldable phone designs that could follow the Galaxy Fold.

The first one is a clamshell phone with a foldable screen on the inside and the other one is an outward folding phone, with its screen on the outside, much like the Huawei Mate X, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Two New Foldable Phone Designs

A clamshell and an outward folding phone


The clamshell foldable phone with a vertically unfolding screen is one that Samsung is planning to reveal to the public late this year or early in the next year. That clamshell design currently also has a second screen on the outside, but Samsung is not yet set on keeping that secondary screen and the company will be looking at how users react to the secondary screen on the Galaxy Fold.

As to the other folding design, the one unfolding outwards, like the Mate X, that already exists as a prototype as it was earlier considered to replace the Galaxy Fold. And unlike the rather thick Galaxy Fold, that outward-folding design is a lot thinner because there is no secondary screen.

Samsung Foldable Phone Planned Releases:

  • Samsung Galaxy Fold - April 26th, 2019
  • Samsung clamshell foldable phone - late 2019, early 2020
  • Samsung outward folding phone - unknown release date

Samsung is Working to Fix One Important Galaxy Fold Issue

Crease-gate


While these two new foldable phone designs are way out in the future, Samsung is currently hard at work on fixing one important flaw in the Galaxy Fold, a nearly $2,000 phone that is expected to launch on April 26th, 2019.

That flaw is a crease that shows on the screen after you fold it about 10,000 times. The crease develops on the protective film on top of the display and not on the OLED panel itself, and so far it seems that Samsung has not found a way to fix this as the company considers offering free screen replacements. Clearly, that is not the best way to sell people on the most anticipated new development in smartphone technology.

Samsung's Foldable Phone Plans

The next big money-maker for Samsung?

Samsung predicts it can make 1 million foldable phones this year. And since it's not even clear whether it will launch any of the two upcoming foldable designs by the end of the year, it's safe to assume that the majority of that number will be the Galaxy Fold.

This new category is clearly very important for the company: these are high-priced, high-margin devices that could help Samsung's profits as it becomes harder to differentiate in a saturated and very competitive smartphone market.

Finally, keep in mind that those are internal plans that come from inside sources and it's not yet clear whether those devices will actually make it to store shelves, but the news at least shows that Samsung is still not completely settled on the Galaxy Fold as the one and only foldable phone design for the future.

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20 Comments

1. strawberry

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

i thought samsung fans said that there is no crease?

2. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Theres creases one both the phones from Samsung and Huawei, the difference at MWC was that Samsung kept reporters away from the device as much as they possibly could to hide the fact.

15. shm224

Posts: 303; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Not really. They kept it away from everyone because they had competitors damaging their demo products in such setting before. Simple as that.

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Samsung fans say a lot of things.

19. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

I'd say that's better than the chinese stealing samsung tech.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Only if you read the article and knew that it develops after 10,000 folds. Not on new devices. In MWC many units are the ones that were in testing for a long time. Many units of Fold in there had no creases. Unlike the Huawei one whose all units had creases, old, new, doesn't matter.

6. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Check out the Techradar hands on review of the Huawei. They got plenty of time hands on and say that around half the test units had some form of wrinkle and the rest were flawless so your talking your usual anti Huawei crap. At least Huawei had the bottle to let reporters play with the devices unlike Samsung.

16. shm224

Posts: 303; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

> They got plenty of time hands on .. how many seconds, or minutes? LOL!

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Even if that were the case, imagine how many times you look at your phone on any given day. I would say it’s within reason that a normal person might open their phone 50 times on an average day. That means within 200 days you have to replace the screen from creasing.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

So who cares. A couple people that claim to like Samsung said that. That’s like saying all idiots are named strawberry

12. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

There's physically not much u can do with this tech. The plastic has to be malleable and excessive at the fold section to accommodate the folds. Doesn't matter if it's an inward or outward fold. U can only hope it doesn't affect usability and glares are minimized when outside.

7. Guseinguliev

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

It seems to me that Samsung will release a note of fold.

9. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 150; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Remove the notch too please.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't see on either folding phone how you couldn't have some crease. I stii like the folding in better then folding out.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I think that people should simply accept creases on foldable screens if not too pronounced (it's almost unreasonable to ask for no creases, at all) and manufacturers should significantly lower their prices. Win-win situation. And no, the creases do not appear after 10000 folds, I'm not sure who would believe such a stupid lie. Samsung would not have displayed at MWC a phone that has been folded over 10000 times (and shoot themselves in the foot), and all of their displayed phones had creases.

13. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Unless the laws of physics can be overcome, I do not see how creases in foldable phones can be avoided as the display has to have that "give" to stretch when folded.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Welcome back Razr V3!

17. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Creases on display, as many have rightly pointed out, are unavoidable. But also, as TechRadar pointed out in his usual insightful video, since Samsung has two screens the creases would be less pronounced on the Fold. I would not like what the X's screen would become after 10,000 folds.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

What would be the reason why the small front screen would help Samsung achieve less pronounced creases on the second screen ? Actually it's probably the other way around: if you have a large screen at your disposal when folded, like on the Huawei, you will unfold less often. In the Samsung case most people will unfold way more often, you simply can't use the small screen for anything besides seeing who's calling you.

20. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

That Clamshell design is already a Samsung mockup from like 5 years ago... All over google images. Razr shamelessly copied it.

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