Samsung foldable phone spotted in Android Pie firmware

Samsung Phone Foldable Concept
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Samsung’s foldable phone is set to arrive before the end of 2018, making this the perfect time for leaks to start pouring in. Kicking off this deluge is a new report which has uncovered firmware files related to the handset and Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 8150 processor.

XDA Developers discovered the files while it was digging through the Android Pie beta build for the Samsung Galaxy S9. The filename is “winnerlte_us” and it appears in the framework file. The name might seem random at first, but it makes sense when taking into account that “Winner” is the foldable handset’s codename.

Samsung Foldable Phone Processor

The name also hints that the device will run on Samsung’s own Exynos chipset since it doesn’t have the letter ‘q’ in it. Typically, the brand refers to the Snapdragon variants of its phones with the letter ‘q’ somewhere in the moniker. If there was a Qualcomm model of the smartphone, it would probably be called “winnerqlte.”

The flexible Samsung offering will probably be powered by the Exynos 9810 or Exynos 9820 SoC as a result. The “us” suffix may or may not be a reference to the US. The phone is expected to launch in the country, but things are still pretty uncertain at this point.

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Samsung will likely favor a limited release in a couple of markets because of how niche the product is and how expensive it’ll likely be. Some estimates assert that it’ll cost around $2000. Since it’s shown up in an Android 9.0 Pie folder, the device is probably going to run the OS straight out of the gate.

As for the Snapdragon 8150, it turned up in the same framework file. It might just be the sequel to the Snapdragon 845. Most people have assumed that the chipset’s successor will be called the Snapdragon 855, but it looks like Qualcomm is shaking up its naming scheme this year.

Chances are, the Snapdragon 8150 will show up in the Galaxy S10 with a dedicated NPU (neural processing unit) to help it take on complex machine learning tasks.