Samsung is reportedly preparing to show off a fully functioning foldable phone on February 20, marking the tenth anniversary of its flagship Galaxy lineup.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung will unveil the phone at events in San Francisco and London. The device still doesn’t has a name, but names being floated include the “Fold”, “Galaxy Fold” or the “Galaxy F.”
It isn’t clear when the phone will actually go on sale. Prior reports peg a release date around March or April, with a price tag of $1,770. According to the Journal, Samsung has been showing the device to its carrier partners at the CES tech conference in Las Vegas this week.
That appeared on a clamshell device which, when folded up, has a regular display on the front.
When the device is unfolded, the interior opens like a book to show off a 7.3-inch screen and turning the phone into a small tablet.R
That device ran a custom version of Android with features such as “App Continuity.” That allows the user to keep using the same app whether the phone is folded or unfolded, with the app adapting to the display size.
Normally, Samsung announces new devices at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but it appears to have made an exception for its latest flagship. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is because Huawei plans to launch a competing foldable phone at Mobile World Congress.
Samsung is the world’s biggest smartphone maker, according to IDC, accounting for 20% of all mobile phone shipments globally in the third quarter of 2018.
The second biggest is another Asian phone maker, Huawei, which holds 15% of the market, with Apple in third place at 13%. More