Samsung’s foldable phone may soon become a reality in 2019, but it looks like the device will be out of reach to most. That’s because the handset might be very expensive, coming in at about $2000.
Analysts estimate that the so-called Galaxy X will go up for sale at 2 million South Korean won (roughly $1847 or Rs 124981) without subsidies from carriers. Given the hue and cry over the iPhone X’s $999 price, Samsung will probably kick off a big controversy if it decides to go that high.
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There aren’t a lot of people willing to pay that much for a smartphone, even if it does boast of cutting-edge foldable technology. Samsung is apparently determined to be the first to market with the device. Rivals like ZTE and Huawei are also said to be working on their take on the design, but the South Korean firm may beat them to the finish line.
The Korea Times reports that parts makers and first-tier subcontractors will begin supplying components to Samsung in November, with an eye on launching the handset next year. It’s supposedly going to feature a 7.3-inch OLED display when unfolded and a 4.5-inch one when folded.
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One analyst claims that the Galaxy X will be made up of 1 outside panel and 2 inside panels. The latter pair will form the 7.3-inch screen. Samsung’s patents offer other clues about the phone. One indicates that it’ll have a kind of artificial muscle so that components can move in sync with the display without damage.
Rumor has it that Samsung will show off a prototype to major US and European carriers at the CES 2019 in January. It might even launch the handset at the MWC 2019 in February.
It’s not clear where this leaves the Galaxy S10 as of now. It’s possible Samsung will unveil it at the CES 2019 or organize a special Galaxy Unpacked event in March.