Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Samsung confirms launch of foldable smartphones this year

Samsung confirms launch of foldable smartphones this year

But Samsung has been testing the idea of a bendable smartphone for years, according to The Verge.

In the aforementioned interview, Koh confirmed that the phone would probably be unveiled at this year's Samsung Developer Conference which is set to take place on November 7.

Samsung executive DJ Koh said the firm could unveil its foldable phone, nicknamed the Galaxy X, in November.

Chinese phone Huawei is also rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone, with insiders saying that the Chinese company is willing to release a less advanced device than Samsung if it could get to market first.

The mysterious foldable device, previously codenamed "Valley", was mentioned on a report by The Wall Street Journal last July. He also hinted that the "unfolded" mode will provide benefits that go beyond having a tablet-sized screen, but didn't elaborate on what these benefits might be. "If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it?"

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It follows Koh's previous hints that the phone is nearly ready, but also complicated to develop.

He added that Samsung has attempted to make "every device, every feature, every innovation" meaningful to Samsung users - which, admittedly, doesn't tell us anything illuminating, really.

As for how it will work, Koh said you'll be able to carry out most tasks while the device is folded up.

The executive didn't give many details about the upcoming hardware.

The handset has been codenamed "winner" - a good omen, perhaps? - although, as per previous reports, it'll more likely be called "Galaxy X" on release. Why now, though? Samsung conducted consumer surveys on the topic and now feels confident there is a market for a folding phone (not to be confused with a flip phone). The two giants are going for the world's first title, with Samsung appearing to be the favorite in this particular race.

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