Samsung teases foldable smartphone launch for later this year

Samsung is planning to launch a foldable smartphone later this year. CNBC reports that Samsung CEO DJ Koh hinted the device could be unveiled at Samsung’s developer conference in November, but it’s not clear if consumers will actually be able to purchase the foldable phone this year. Koh admitted that the mystery device had been “complicated” to develop, and rumors have suggested Samsung will launch a phone with a bendable display under the company’s Galaxy Note line.

Samsung has been experimenting with bendable OLED displays for years, and the company first unveiled a prototype back in 2012. Since then, Samsung has been reportedly testing dual-screen smartphones, with the aim of bringing some type of device to market. Koh doesn’t drop many hints at what to expect from Samsung’s foldable smartphone, but he does admit the device and its features need to make consumers react with “wow, this is the reason Samsung made it.”

Samsung released a concept ad for a potential foldable phone back in 2014. The ad featured a device with a bendable display that folded from a more tablet-like size into a pocketable phone. Samsung’s device may include a 7-inch single display, according to a report earlier this year from The Wall Street Journal. The screen will reportedly fold in half like a wallet, with the exterior of the device displaying a small bar of information.

Samsung isn’t the only company developing foldable devices. Lenovo is working on bendable phones and tablets, and Microsoft has been dreaming of a dual-screen Surface device for years. LG even revealed a foldable 65-inch OLED TV earlier this year.

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Go fold (able) or go home

Not interested. I rather see Samsung or any other Smartphone maker produce a Phone with all day battery.

you need to use your phone less

snarky but good reply. We really do need to find a way to get our information quickly and get out. Not stay glued to our screens.

But outside of all that, battery life being a priority would be a great too

Long commute Bro.

Damn, how long is your commute? 6 hours a day?

Round trip 3 Hours. Carrying a bunch of accessories isn’t always convenient too.
I don’t see how anyone can be against
Improved battery.

Improved battery is always a good thing.

Oh good, I was afraid That Guy wasn’t going to show up.

Buy a Note 9.

Note 9……..

a Phone with all day battery

The "all day battery" thing has been solved by a combination of wireless charging, fast charging, mobile power banks and cases with integrated batteries.

Not really solved when you have to carry around battery banks, chargers and cables. The only "improvement" to this problem that I’ve seen is USB ports in cars.

I’m happy with my battery life. I always make it through the day.

If you can’t make it through the day, buy a case with an integrated battery.

There is little point comprising features and design of the phone in order to have > 1 day battery life for your typical user.

Would an extra mm or two to a phone’s thickness really compromise design?

I’m sure manufacturers would add a few millimeters if majority of people cared as much as you do. Sadly for you, it appears as they do not.

Nope. None of those things solve anything. The closest is a phone case with a battery built-in.
Battery based chargers are still chargers, as are fastchargers. If I have to stop and charge, then the problem has not been solved.

The way I solved that problem is by purchasing a Moto Z and the Battery Mod, which doubles the capacity yet still keeps the phone pretty slim, unlike those extra thick phone cases containing batteries.

However, if this Samsung phone becomes available where I live, and it’s not unreasonably priced, then it will be my next phone. That’s about the only thing that would get me to give up my mods and my Moto Z. A phone with a tablet built-in is awesome. Maybe in a few years the love will disappear, and I will go back to a Moto Z or some other phone that had great battery life.
Milti-day batteries are a must IMAO. I’d rather take battery life over a 4K display, or a slimmer phone, or fancy cameras or any other feature. However, this folding screen is something I have been looking forward to since the 70s, and it’s about the only thing that could get me to give up my awesome battery life.

I yearn for the days when I could pop the back off my phone, pop in a new battery, and be back to 100% in about a minute (including shut down/boot up)

Those are called workarounds, not solutions.

They’re solutions, just not satisfactory.

for some values of "solved"

Not interested. I rather see Samsung or any other Smartphone maker produce a Phone with all day week battery.

Note 9…

Xiaomi have been producing phones with 4000 mAh batteries for a while now.

Not sold in my area.

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