Samsung's first foldable phone to be detailed today, here's how to watch the event live


Samsung Developer conference keynote starts at 10 AM Pacific Time | 1 PM Eastern | 6 PM British Standard Time | 7 PM Central European Time

There is nobody that is more into foldable phones than Samsung, and it will be picking the fruits of its multi-year efforts as soon as tomorrow, reports Reuters. At its Developer Conference keynote, a live stream of which you can watch above, Samsung is expected to be the true foldable phone pioneer, presenting a finished product that doesn't look like a development board like the recently announced Royole FlexPai out of China whose whole point was to shout "first!"

Why would Samsung showcase something that is still a few months ahead of its release? As one unnamed Samsung official tips:


By giving an early preview to developers, Samsung will be able to spearhead development for an interface it has been polishing off with Google and will be unlike anything else we've seen at the moment.

That, and getting a head start in marketing before the competition outs their own flexible phone efforts. There are plenty of other companies that want to gauge how Samsung will fare on the non-existent bendy phone market and are waiting in the wings with their own patents, too. Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi are the ones most often cited as having plans to release foldable phone designs of their own, but one other, more formidable competitor, is also heavily entertaining the idea.

We are talking about Apple, of course, whose foldable phone explorations have been gearing up to a crescendo mode lately, and analysts are even on record saying that Apple is indeed mulling a Gumby phone concept for the not-so-distant future.

Unfortunately, the report is saying that Samsung could only present "images" for developers and the general public for the first time, rather than actual device prototypes, so there is still some mystery that is going to be left after today's unveiling.

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9 Comments

1. aljosamitrovic

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 28, 2018

Ah, whats an article on PA about anything innovative from any company without at least mentioning APPLE HAS IT TOO.

6. Blazers

Posts: 700; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Just calm down, son. I need you to CALM DOWN.

2. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

None of these concept images show the 4.6" screen on the outside. Also, there hasn't been confirmation on whether the device has a vertical or horizontal fold. I would guess it's a vertical fold since a horizontal fold (similar to the concept images) would make the device too tall when unfolded, and it would be awkward to use the external display that would be on the lower back of the phone.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1091; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I'd say a horizontal fold would be best, why would you want a double wide phone? The device wouldn't have to be much taller than phones generally are today when opened and folded it would take up less space lengthwise in your pocket.

4. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

When traveling, you wouldn't have it unfolded therefore a double wide phone would be fine. When unfolded, a vertical fold would turn more into a "tablet" so watching videos would be better on a roughly 16:9 aspect ratio (what most videos are still in) vs. a 20+:9 ratio on a horizontal fold. The concept device in Samsung's concept video years ago makes much more sense in my opinion than the concept in this article. Also in my opinion, newer phones are getting too tall to handle. Jean companies almost need to redesign pockets to be deeper because our phones keep getting taller lol. Yes width is also an important factor, but the max width for most phones is around 3" which would still be the width of a vertical foldable phone when it's folded up.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 988; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I agree with you about the Vertical split, it's much more practical in functionality. larger viewing for movies and games as well as other tasks usually dependent on larger tablet sized screens. Also i feel protection may be easier for the vertical fold. Case manufacturers could use a Folio case design with a clear plastic front panel.

8. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This will be fantastic news as an expensive concept, but this will hopefully speed up technology so the phone can get slimmer & better within the next 2 to 3 years for the masses.

9. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I want it to have LOUD (stereo) speakers, (including loud RING) ... and STYLUS (ala Note). So we would have a Note-Tablet, with usable speakers, w/ "ring" you can hear through the house (when phone is "stationary"). With good belt-clip and vertical-stand on back for viewing. Screen bright enough in SUN-light and battery enough for 24hrs.

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