Samsung showed off a tease of its much-hyped foldable phone, the Galaxy F, during the Samsung Developer Conference last week. Based on the little information released by the Korean tech giant and the fact that none could get a feel of the foldable phone, we all have dozens of questions to ask. Samsung didn’t tell us the Galaxy F price, in fact, we are not even sure of the foldable phone’s name or the Galaxy F release date. All were being speculated. But we now have more details on the foldable phone.
According to a report from South Korean news agency Yonhap, the Samsung’s foldable phone could be known as Galaxy F. While Samsung has not settled on the final price yet, the Galaxy F price could be as high as $1,770, Yonhap wrote, citing an unidentified industry source. The report also suggests that Samsung would launch its next flagship Galaxy S phone before unveiling the foldable phone. The Galaxy F release date would be in March, alongside Samsung’s 5G network phone – the Galaxy S10. Though Samsung President Koh Dong-jin said last week that the company would be shipping at least 1 million of its first foldable device – Galaxy F in 2019, he didn’t specify the release date.
Samsung last week demonstrated a “disguised” device – of the Galaxy F – during its developer conference. The tech company had the lights dimmed to protect the foldable phone’s design elements. “There’s a stunning device inside here,” said SVP of mobile marketing Justin Denison, who showed a device with a tablet-sized screen that can be folded up into a candybar-like form to fit into a pocket.
The Galaxy F has a cover display that acts as a phone and main 7.3-inch tablet display which Samsung described as the Infinity Flex Display it would start mass producing in a “matter of months.” The foldable phone will run up to three apps simultaneously using a multi-active window, according to Samsung.
Google has officially pledged to provide Android OS that will support the new foldable devices. The search giant said it is working closely with Samsung for the foldable phone launching next year. It will also provide guidance for developers on how to use existing Android built-in features to support foldable displays.
Aside from Samsung, some other phone manufacturers are also close to releasing foldable smartphones. Xiaomi and Lenovo have teased their prototypes, while Huawei is reportedly planning to release a foldable phone in 2019. Microsoft is also reportedly working on a foldable phone device codenamed Andromeda.
Samsung wants to include 5G support to its Galaxy S10, which it could most likely launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2019. The Galaxy F release date will follow in March, though the device would not support the 5G network.