More info on Samsung's foldable phone emerges, including screen size 'confirmation'

More info on Samsung's foldable phone emerges, including screen size 'confirmation'
It’s finally happening, ladies and gentlemen! The world’s first foldable smartphone (from a well-known brand) is confirmed to see daylight next week... sort of. Technically, we may only get a general demonstration of the hardware design and unique user interface of the so-called Galaxy F at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco on November 7.

But at least that means the number one mobile device vendor out there in terms of unit shipments has decided exactly how this thing will work after years of careful consideration. According to a new Korean media report, the decision came late in the pre-production process, and in fact, mass manufacturing has yet to begin.

The experimental product is unlikely to sell in more than 1 million units during its first year on the market, with a small volume of 100,000 units expected to be manufactured initially. That’s obviously due to a number of challenges, build quality risks, as well as uncertainty regarding actual consumer demand.

A foldable phone sounds very cool in theory, but it’s unclear exactly how people might respond to an even pricier flagship than the likes of the Galaxy Note 9 with a somewhat chunky body.

The price and overall device thickness have reportedly been bumped up as Samsung finally settled on a combination of 4.6 and 7.3-inch displays. When closed, the larger screen on the inside will become inactive, but you’ll be able to use the smaller panel on the outside.

Basically, we’re looking at a 2-in-1 hybrid here with both smartphone and tablet functionality, although battery life and durability are understandably still major concerns. 

To avoid a number of potential issues, the hinge of the Samsung Galaxy F (still an unconfirmed name) will help fold the device “step by step”, also leaving a little space between the two halves of the inside screen when folded in to prevent direct impact.

Unfortunately, what’s not yet etched in stone is an actual commercial release date. Samsung will most likely unveil the non-foldable Galaxy S10 first (at or around the Mobile World Congress in February 2019), but then, it’s unclear how long we may have to wait.

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12 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

So basically they're making the device similar to the concept video they made in 2014. Nice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 939; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

See I would have liked that device better as it folds horizontal and would work better.IMO

5. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

With that design, the inside screen when unfolded would be very tall and narrow and would have an aspect ratio around 27:9. With the vertical fold, you can get closer to a 16:9 aspect ratio for the inside screen...and most videos are still in that format. Either way, I'm excited to finally see this technology!

7. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I hope it will fold like that also. Its a big maybe if i was to buy this phone but, i sure wouldn't if it folded the other way. Like you said , it would be to long and narrow and would look stupid unfolded.

9. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Yeah it would basically be like their flagship clamshell phone that they sell in China. When unfolded, it would be extremely tall which would be far less useful compared to folding vertically.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I would rather see a solid state battery in phones first.... still dont see the point in a folding phone

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I 100% agree but I think the technology is still in its infancy. I'm hoping Henrik Fisker can deliver on his estimates of "later this year" but I'll believe it when I see it. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/11/henrik-fisker-opens-up-about-the-40000-fisker-coming-in-2020-cleantechnica-exclusive/ Samsung is close with their graphene ball battery and rumored to be releasing in 2019 but again...I'll believe it when I see it. https://www.techspot.com/news/77076-samsung-graphene-batteries-which-can-charge-phone-12.html

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I hope he succeeds in the new battery and cheaper e-car, it is sorely needed. and samsung needs to release the battery in a flashlight or something first and see how it works in the hands of the consumer... it is hard to predict what people will do with any type of device.

10. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Samsung wouldn't put the technology in a phone if it wasn't proven to be better than current batteries. The Note 7 fiasco will put them in check before they release this technology to the masses. Hopefully Fisker succeeds. It honestly blows my mind how people hate on people like Musk and Fisker trying to advance this technology. There's so much blind loyalty with people and their ICE cars.

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

People in general are comfortable with what they are use to or initially learned... change for the general public is always hard

4. Chumley

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

I applaud this. While it won't be mainstream, the only way you REALLY figure out how this or other variants will work is to build it and let people use it daily.

12. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Oh for god's sake, All I want is something like that Pocophone F1 without notch, good amoled screen, IR-blaster, RGB-notification LED, proper android version with call-recording at a decent price... let's say 500 bucks. Is that so hard to accomplish? I don't want this fragile crap with foldable screens. Does anyone even remember why flip-phones went away? Because these things ALWAYS break at the hinges! Djeez!

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