Samsung’s foldable phone has gotten leaked on numerous occasions, typically by South Korean publications. The Wall Street Journal has now come out with a new report about the bendable handset, adding a dash of authenticity to the rumors.
People familiar with the matter claim that Samsung is going to launch the device early next year. This falls in line with earlier rumors which asserted that the smartphone would be coming out at the CES 2019 in January.
Samsung Foldable Phone Design
It seems Samsung calls its flexible prototype Winner internally. The phone apparently measures 7-inch when open. Users will be able to fold it like a wallet when they want to carry it around. The screen gets tucked away on the inside of the fold, while a secondary display goes active on the front to show notifications.
The main camera is situated at the back. Samsung is apparently stuffing it with a large battery, rumored to be of the flexible kind, to sustain the multiple displays. All-in-all, it sounds a lot like a classic flip phone.
Samsung is planning to target specific markets in the beginning such as mobile gamers who aren’t as price sensitive as everyday consumers. This is key, since the report claims the foldable wonder is going to cost at least $1500 (roughly Rs 103470), if not more.
A previous article had pegged its rate at a whopping $1850 (approx Rs 127610). It’s clear this will be an expensive phone, creating a whole new product category. Samsung might aim for a wider adoption in the second half of 2019 after listening to feedback.
Samsung doesn’t expect the device to be a big success in its early days, but it still wants to be the first. Once it’s out, the series will function as its third flagship lineup alongside the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note. The company is reportedly working on a smart speaker as well.
It’s apparently codenamed Lux and might arrive at the same August 9 event as the Galaxy Note 9. It won’t come cheap either, with a cost as high as $300 (roughly Rs 20690). Features expected include Bixby support, voice control support, and the ability to direct sound to a specific individual in a room.