Samsung Rumored to Debut First Foldable Smartphone This Year

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung is still on track to unveil its first foldable smartphone later in 2018, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh told CNBC.

    According to Koh, it is "time to deliver" on a foldable device after Samsung research revealed that there is consumer interest in such a device.

    A smartphone concept with bendable display from Samsung​

    Samsung first announced its plans for a smartphone with a bendable display in September 2017, and at the time, Koh said that the device would be positioned as a Galaxy Note. Given that Samsung has already announced this year's Galaxy Note 9, it's likely the new foldable smartphone will feature its own branding and will be sold alongside the Galaxy Note and S lines.

    Koh declined to share details on how a folding screen might work, but at IFA last week, he said that Samsung is trying to work out the details on differentiating it from a tablet design.
    Rumors suggest that the device Samsung is working on does not include a hinge and will instead be one single screen that is able to fold in half.

    The device is said to be about seven inches diagonally, roughly the size of a small tablet, but it can be folded in half like a wallet. When folded, the exterior of the phone is said to offer a small display bar on the front and cameras in the back, with an all-screen design when opened up.

    Koh told CNBC that details on the device could be unveiled at this year's Samsung Developer Conference, set to be held in November in San Francisco, but he did not offer up details on when it might go on sale. He did, however, say that while the development process was "complicated," Samsung has "nearly concluded" it.

    Previous information has suggested Samsung is actually aiming to launch the device early in 2019, targeting specific markets like gamers. If initial interest is strong, Samsung is said to be planning for a broader commercial debut during the second half of 2019.

    Samsung is aiming to be the first company to come out with a foldable screen, beating other companies like Apple to the new design. Rumors have suggested that Apple is perhaps experimenting with an iPhone with a foldable display.

    A 2017 rumor, for example, suggested Apple is working on an iPhone with a foldable display alongside LG Display, and a Merrill Lynch analyst recently predicted Apple will introduce a foldable iPhone in 2020.

    LG's foldable display concept​

    There continues to be no concrete evidence that Apple is pursuing a foldable iPhone, but the company has filed for several patents related to foldable iPhone displays.

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  2. walex19 macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2010
  3. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
  4. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    My iPhone 6 Plus was foldable. Samsung, always copying Apple!
  5. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    Well it's Samsung, so they're probably going to botch it. But it will still interesting to observe.
  6. loveandhavefun macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2014
    I'll be the first to buy one of these, unless it costs 'Apple price' (aka over 999 USD).

    Apple might take 5 years to even release something similar as usual with minor improvements and terrible locked-down iOS or whatever they Cook up next.
  7. zombierunner macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2011
  8. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I would pay upwards of $1500 for an iPhone that unfolded into an iPad Mini. Not joking.
  9. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  10. Matthew.H macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2015
    Norwich, UK
    How easy will this phone be to break when folding. The should be a limit to prevent excessive bending but a little to much and your display is toast.
  11. WBRacing macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2012
    Don't give them (financial) ideas...

    Besides, the iPhone x costs nearly that on it's own. You'd be staring 2k plus in the face to even have a chance of it.
  12. zahuh macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2004
  13. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Well this certainly is a hot take.
  14. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    Thing is, they bend, they don’t fold, at least not without a seam. So you end up with a hinge like a surface pro with a gap, or a deeper case to accommodate the bend.
  15. skorpeon macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2017
  16. djlythium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2014
  17. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    Sounds tedious. Even DJ Koh can’t even figure out what the use cases are. A product in search of a purpose and market.
  18. loveandhavefun macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2014
    The use case is a phone that can be a large screen tablet in one device
  19. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Smartphone screens are tall & narrow. If you unfolded one you'd end up with a square aspect ratio screen. Not sure what that would be good for. Certainly not for looking at pictures or video.
  20. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    To be honest, I think this is really interesting technology. There’s a lot of unknown factors about foldable displays, however; if Samsung does release a foldable display, and it turns out to be successful, I really would be interested see if Apple would ever consider this route, as diversity is good in offering different types of technology like this. If in fact Samsung does release a foldable display, it’s a product I would consider purchasing, even if it’s not made from Apple.
  21. inkswamp macrumors 68030


    Jan 26, 2003
    Bendable displays have been coming since 2004. This is the longest running vaporware in human history. Not sure why the hype machine starts up every so often, but here we are again.

    I'll believe it when I see them for sale at Best Buy.
  22. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Well, I don't like it. It doesn't look right. If you can open up a projected touch screen like from the Ironman movies, then I would be interested.
  23. naturalstar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2012
    So we’re going back to flip phones? Can’t see the first iteration being too advanced.

    Very curious to see what Samsung will introduce as a “foldable phone”. I wouldn’t mind eventually seeing something that wraps around my wrist - a watch/smartphone amalgamation.
  24. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Another Samsung novelty item. They'll make it, few will buy it and they'll move on.
  25. alexgowers macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2012
    Unless they’ve managed to break the laws of physics that screen will be trashed after a few thousand folds. I’m racking my brains to think of even one product that relies on a flat to 180degree fold in ANY Material!

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