Leaked Renders Allegedly Reveal Samsung's Foldable Phone Hours Ahead of Launch Event

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  1. thasan macrumors 65816

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    Folded one will be substantially thicker and heavier.
     
  2. JonGarrett macrumors newbie

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    Wow, just wow. Want something bigger use a tablet? And carry around two devices or not have the tablet when you want it?? How about just grab your Galaxy fold and have both.
     
  3. Biu_miu macrumors member

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    Respect for this, or any other company making something new and unique, but keep in mind, that a lot of these features are just for sake of making new features and being first to make a foldable phone, or a phone with no ports, or anything else, but not improving users experience in any way.
    I'm really excited to see how this foldable phone looks in real life, but will it really add anything to my daily life? Doubt it.
    Maybe in 3-4 generations, when this technology will be advanced enough (if it will not be just forgotten as other gimmicks - edged screens, for example), it will add value to everyday user.
     
  4. Jsameds macrumors 68040

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    Will be interesting to see the screen size and resolution of the internal display compared to an iPad Mini.

    Also I'm sceptical about the material used for the inner display. There's a good reason we use glass on today's phones.
     
  5. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

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    I don't want that and I find the concept of a foldable device ridiculous. Hope Apple do not copy it...
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 603

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    Time will tell.

    I have no dog in this fight, I don't need Samsung to "win", I don't need Apple to "win". Some posters here really do seem to need that in their lives.

    It is interesting tech. Period.

    Tech evolution also has its version of "survival of the fittest".

    If Apple takes this up a year or so from now and make it work — great!
    If Samsung manage to make this work — great!

    Does it have a future? Let's wait and see.

    But don't just dismiss things out of hand because it is not branded Apple, Inc.
     
  7. ROGmaster macrumors 6502a

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    Well your argument would be somehow valid if Apple would launch their foldable phone THIS September.
    But they won't so your argument in completely irrelevant.
    Like a user here wrote, you definitely look like you fit the salty category.
     
  8. Jsameds macrumors 68040

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    Depends on how the Fold compares to a dedicated tablet and phone in terms of display size, resolution, feel, durability, speed, battery life, stylus support, app selection, device support for example.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    How do you know Apple would ‘copy’ Samsung? What if Apple is already experimenting with something like this and we just don’t know about it yet?

    That said, I just understand how can somebody judge a device without even having experience with it, there could be practical situations where a foldable device could be very convenient or if you want something larger or truncated, that’s what the unique thing about having a foldable device like this really emphasizes size options pending the situation.
     
  10. manu chao macrumors 603

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    For the Galaxy 'Fold' to allow one-handed use, it probably needs an additional display on the outside that would be used when the device is folded up. The key question in my mind would be whether this phone will be considered too thick for comfortable carrying and use.
     
  11. BlueParadox macrumors 6502

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    I use an iPad and MacBook Pro for numerous reasons, one being the SIZE of their screens. And as I mentioned previously, the unfolded screen size for this devise seems small when compared with tablets, iPads, and notebooks - you know, screen real estate worth spending time on...
     
  12. ROGmaster macrumors 6502a

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    Well didn't everybody after 2007 just copy the original iphone?
    This is something I've been hearing for years form certain smartphone brand users.
     
  13. manu chao macrumors 603

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    That certainly is the key question. Will it be too thick for the vast majority of people? (Besides does it work reliably.)
     
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Considering the weight and size of smart phones today that stainless steel and all glass designs that are almost venturing almost 7 inches, I doubt consumers would make an issue about the ‘Thickness’ about a foldable device considering the trade off with new technology like this.
     
  15. thasan macrumors 65816

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    Not all breakthrough techs are necessarily "exciting".
     
  16. Wiesenlooser macrumors 6502a

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    Depends. Many times it seems like Samsung is just hastily throwing it on the market because they know apple or someone else is working on something comparable.
     
  17. rpe33 macrumors regular

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    I see the Samsung Defense Force is here. Anyway, I wouldn’t use this monstrosity if Sammy paid me to.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    But here’s the thing though, smart phones are generally the same every single year, are they not? It’s the same form factor, new software and a few hardware features, but is that enough anymore for consumers to want to spend that amount of money for what smart phone manufacturers are charging today? When you implement something like what Samsung is trying to execute with a foldable design, it is different, and the fact that you can enlarge and truncate the size of the device, maybe it’s something that the smart phone market needs to ‘shake things up’. We need more changes like Samsung is doing, to continue to open new avenues for tech, as it’s always an ever- changing field.
     
  19. thasan macrumors 65816

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    May be true. But as of now, I dont see it exciting. This is coming from someone whose primary work is scientific research on flexible electronics....
     
  20. beanbaguk macrumors 6502a

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    Call me a skeptic, but a stressed fold is a weakness in any application and I just see broken / worn-out phones in no time.

    A great example would be tupperware tubs. Those plastic tabs that you can bend to click the lid and secure it down always break eventually.

    I'll definitely keep my eye on this, but I'll stick to rigid displays until I have real-world proof these things can last!
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Not even close. I’m a massive Apple supporter throughout, and I like to stay open minded to all options and realize that competition is a good thing, and Samsung is doing something that maybe other tech manufacturers should look at as well. I just mentioned to another poster, that the smart phone market is generally the same every single year with phones, change is good, and when you’re offering something like Samsung is, it’s refreshing to see new tech emerging.
     
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  23. Roller macrumors 68030

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    I can see the advantage of a screen that's almost twice the size of the folded device, but I'm very curious to see how this will work in practice: Will the fold be visible when the phone is unfolded? How durable will be internal components that cross the fold be? Laptops are hinged, but they're opened and closed far less often than a phone over the course of a day.
     
  24. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502a

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    I would be interested to see this in person and test it out though I would not be the beta tester and buy one right away. If the rumored starting is the actual price, I don't want or need one that much to spend that kind of money for it.

    You're right. If it was Apple the first to come out with this, we would see comments like "Apple leads in innovation", "just take my money", "can't wait", (feel free to add phrases), etc.
     
  25. ROGmaster macrumors 6502a

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    Really?
    Do you think Samsung got the idea for a foldable device from Apple? LoL
     

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