PCWorld: The folding phone in that leaked Samsung video is super cool, but here’s why it’s not the Galaxy F

No really, the future's not ours to see.

Samsung Galaxy F
Samsung Galaxy F

We’re about three weeks away from the first Samsung Unpacked event of 2019, and the excitement is palatable.

Not only are we expected to get three models of Galaxy S10 with hole-punch screens and triple-camera arrays and a new low-cost model, we also will likely get our first glimpse at the folding phone that Samsung has been working on for the better part of five years.

And with the latest rumors, we even know how much they’re gonna cost.

But so far, the Galaxy F or Galaxy Fold or whatever Samsung calls it will actually be something of a surprise. While the Galaxy S10 has leaked for months from just about every angle, the folding phone has been kept tightly under wraps, with the only information about it coming from Samsung itself during its developers conference in November.

But after an official Samsung video leaked early Friday, the Internet is abuzz with what is purportedly the world’s first look at Samsung’s new folding phone. At the 24-second mark of the promo vid—which has since been pulled by Samsung—a woman is seen holding a folding Galaxy phone with what looks to be a near-bezel-less screen, incredibly thin design, and insanely bright display.

And let me tell you, it looks amazing. Almost as amazing as the rest of the products in the video. Throughout the one-minute spot we see several eye-popping concepts as “Que Sera Sera” plays in the background:

  • Giant windows with heads-up displays in them showing images tailored to the person passing
  • AR-enabled mirrors with precise gesture navigation
  • A bezel-less tablet with a glowing Samsung logo embedded within the screen
  • An Iron Man-style AI-powered robot arm that draws tattoos
  • A USB-C-powered abdominal ultrasound device for the home
  • A multi-player AR game with dozens of participants working together seemingly without Wi-Fi

But we’re supposed to believe that the folding phone is real? Nonsense.

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Michael Simon

By Michael Simon

Staff Writer, PCWorld