When it gets released, it could start the next major revolution in the mobile phone industry, surpassing the current bezel-less display trend.
Update, November 9, 2018 (11:17AM EST): We’ve added Samsung’s official details on its foldable phone, including specs and details from its announcement. Head below to learn more!
Samsung didn’t confirm a release date in its announcement on November 7 but indicated a release in 2019 is all but certain.
In this roundup, we take a look at what we currently know about the anticipated Samsung foldable phone, along with all of the rumors about this device that have been reported over the years.
We will be updating this article with the latest plausible news and rumors about this foldable smartphone from Samsung as they are reported.
At its developer conference in November, Samsung announced the first details about its foldable phone. Samsung played coy, announcing its screen technology is called Samsung Infinity Flex Display but didn’t show us too much, dimming the lights to hide design details. Further, Samsung didn’t hint at a name or a potential release date for the device.
However, there have been consistent rumors relating to the phone’s production and speculated release date. In April, The Bell reported that Samsung planned to start production of the device in November with the aim of releasing it in early 2019.
At the beginning of July, MK cited a senior official from Samsung as saying that it is preparing to release the device in the first quarter of next year.
Those looking to get their hands on a foldable phone should perhaps start saving now, however: MK suggests Samsung will sell the device for close to 2 million won (around $1,791).
Whether that’s completely accurate or not, Samsung’s first folding screen phone certainly won’t be cheap.
In the middle of July, The Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the project as saying Samsung will launch its foldable phone in early 2019 (which could coincide with an announcement at Mobile World Congress around February) and that the phone would then be available sometime in the second half of 2019. The same report also alleged that the phone could cost over $1,500.
Samsung did let us in on some details about the phone’s displays and user interface.
Samsung’s folding phone will have two displays: a tall 4.5-inch 840 x 1960 screen on the outside or front of the device, and a foldable 7.3-inch 1536 x 2152 display on the inside.
While Samsung had a prototype device on stage at the developer conference, it was encased in a thick box to stop people getting a proper look at it. Because of this, we are still unsure what the final version of the phone will look like.
Samsung did show some renders of a foldable device, however. These renders showed a device with fairly big bezels around the outer display and much smaller bezels around the inner, foldable, display. We don’t know if these images will be anything like the final design but we are expecting refinements. More