Samsung Foldable Phone: News, Rumors, Specs, and More

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Once thought to be the Galaxy X or the Galaxy F, Samsung’s folding phone has been referred to by a dozen different names. However, as we get closer to its expected launch, we’re learning more about the phone every day.

After years of rumors, it looks like we may finally have a name. The Dutch tech website Let’s Go Digital, unearthed a trademark application filed in Turkey on November 28, 2018. In the application, a company requested a trademark for the name Samsung Galaxy Fold. In the company name field, the application states “Legally Restricted Until Publication Date,” however we’re nearly certain Samsung filed the application since the trademark request is for a product that includes the already trademarked Galaxy name. Of course we can’t be absolutely certain this is for Samsung’s upcoming folding smartphone, the application states the brand name trademark is for a Class 9 device, which includes smartphones and mobile phones.

RELEASE, PRICE, AND AVAILABILITY

So when should we expect to see Samsung’s folding masterpiece out in the wild? Rumors suggested that the phone wouldn’t make its way to consumers until 2019, and now it’s almost certain that those rumors were true. At the Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung said that it would be ready to mass-produce foldable displays in “coming months,” which means that the phone itself probably won’t make an appearance until a few months after that.

We expect the new device to be out at some point in the first half of 2019. It may make an appearance at CES in January, or Samsung may wait until Mobile World Congress, which is in February. The latest rumor, courtesy of the South Korean Yonhap News Agency, states the phone will be announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2019 and released the following month.

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When it comes to price, however, things are still a bit cloudy. In November 2018, Gizmodo UK claimed there would be several models of the Galaxy X, priced between 1,500 – 2,000 British pounds (approx. $1,900-2,550).

However, Kim Jang-yeol, head of research at Golden Bridge Investment, says the phone could cost as much as 2 million won at release, Korea Times reports. In the U.S., that converts to about $1,850. Either way, the Samsung’s folding phone may be the most expensive handset the South Korean tech giant has ever released.

And while most phones in Samsung’s Galaxy lineup are available worldwide, its upcoming folding flagship may be a little more difficult to come by. A representative with Samsung told Gizmodo UK, “The foldable device will launch by the first half of 2019 in select markets.

SPECIFICATIONS

While Samsung did discuss the display at the Samsung Developer Conference, it did not go into the specs under the hood. To date, there’s only one rumor about specs for the upcoming Samsung foldable phone. The prolific (and usually accurate) Samsung leaker Ice Universe said the upcoming phone will feature a 7nm processor.

While Samsung recently invested billions in a foundry to create 7nm chipsets, the newly announced Exynos 9820 SoC is actually based on 8nm architecture. There is a chance, however, Samsung will release a 7nm with 5G capability for its upcoming folding smartphone and a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Enable.

There’s also the possibility the foldable phone will be a gaming phone. Earlier this year, a tweet from @MMDDJ_ said the phone would be gaming focused and not be called the Galaxy X, Granted, there are a lot of questions surrounding the accuracy of the leak since the leaker doesn’t have an excellent track record, and other, more recent, rumors have no mention of gaming and refer to it as the Galaxy X.

INFINITY FLEX DISPLAY

Samsung offered a first look at the new phone at the conference. It was mostly hidden from view, but we were able to see the foldable part in action with the screen.

The new display is called the “Infinity Flex Display.” It’s designed to be folded and unfolded repeatedly without degrading the display quality. Samsung said it can be folded hundreds of thousands of times without showing signs of wear and tear. The display was wrapped in a chunky outer shell that Samsung said was specifically done to keep the design a secret. We do know that the screen will measure 7.3-inches when folded out.

While the main thing that Samsung showed off at the conference was the display, the company is working on a number of different applications for flexible displays, including rollable displays and stretchable ones.

DESIGN

Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t reveal too much about the design of the phone, beyond the display and what it can do, but we do know that you’ll be able to use the phone when it’s folded up as well, and it will act like a traditional smartphone in this mode.

Samsung also announced it’s working with Google to develop a new user interface for Android on its smartphone — dubbed OneUI — and it will allow for features specific to foldable phones. All of these announcements were made at Samsung’s developer conference, meaning the company still needs third-party developers to bring foldable phone support to their apps.

Concept drawings and patents may give us an idea of other possible designs. A Samsung patent discovered by LetsGoDigital matches the same description.

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From the images, it looks like the display is hidden under the top rear of the device when it’s unfold(ed) and then comes out once it’s close(d). While it hasn’t been confirmed, this could be how the hidden display will function.

The hidden display is where you will see information like texts or notifications, whether you’re in portrait or landscape mode. That way, you’ll be able to see important alerts without having to unfold the phone each time. The patent also states the touchscreen will be compatible with an S Pen.

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Patent image for the Samsung foldable display discovered by Patent Mobile.

Before this, a different patent filed by Samsung showed how a folded and unfolded foldable phone might operate. As Patently Mobile reports, a user could touch an icon on the edge area of the phone so that the app will be open once the device is unfolded. Multiple user profiles would also be display(ed) on the edge, allowing multiple users to enter passwords to access information from the device’s edge.

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