Samsung, the world’s largest-smartphone maker, will likely announce a foldable phone at the company’s developer conference later today. Likely to be called the Galaxy F, Samsung will show off the foldable phone to the press and developers for the first time ever. The keynote kicks off at 11:30pm IST and will be livestreamed on Samsung’s official YouTube channel. The conference runs November 7 and November 8 in San Francisco.
The South Korean giant has been teasing about a foldable phone for a while now. Just a day back, Samsung took to Facebook to post an image of a folding Samsung logo, which clearly hints at the unveiling of a bendable smartphone. This is not the first hint from Samsung about a possible sneak peek at the upcoming foldable phone, though. The event invites posted on Twitter already gives a clear hint at a foldable smartphone. The tagline ‘Where Now Meets the Next’ seems to indicate that Samsung will tease something big tomorrow. In September, Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh hinted that a foldable phone will be announced at its developer conference in November.
At the moment, there is little we know about Samsung’s foldable smartphone. Apparently, Samsung has told a few Korean media outlets that it will unveil the phone’s UX at the event. There’s a clear chance Samsung could also tease its foldable phone at the event to gauge the interest of the developer community. Separately, The Bell reports that Samsung has confirmed that the phone’s foldable display is finished. The report further claims that the Korean company will mass produce an approximate 1000,000 units of the flexible display, starting this month. Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung has held talks with YouTube and Netflix to deliver the best possible experience on a foldable screen.
In the meanwhile, Samsung has filed several trademarks in the US, Korea and India around the name ‘Infinity’. And of those is the “Infinity Flex”. The company also filed trademark applications for Infinity-V, Infinity-O and Infinity U. We still don’t know the exact name, but it could be called the Galaxy F or Galaxy Flex.
The device is rumoured to come with a 7-inch foldable display that folds in half. It is also expected to feature a secondary display for notifications when folded in half. The phone will reportedly come with 512GB of internal storage, dual-SIM capability, and a silver colour option.
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Samsung’s radically designed foldable smartphone is closer to launch, but it could be priced upwards of $1500 (or approx 1,09,432). Rumours about Samsung’s foldable phone have been circulating for years, with the release date being pushed back several times citing technical issues. The Journal claims that Samsung plans to target niche markets with the launch of a foldable phone. The paper specifically mentions mobile gaming as a key focus.
Samsung is most likely tease the futuristic phone at its developer conference tomorrow, although it won’t go on sale before next year. A full reveal is expected to happen at next year’s CES tech trade show in Las Vegas. Though Samsung isn’t alone working on a foldable smartphone. Just last week, little-known Chinese startup Royole had announced the ‘world’s first commercial foldable smartphone’, dubbed the FlexPai. It runs on Qualcomm’s yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 8150 chipset and is expected to ship in December. Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, is also working on a foldable phone. The launch is expected to happen sometime in 2019.