It’s supposed to be the “next big thing”, at some point in time. The mobile industry has been looking for traces of this rumored Samsung “Galaxy X” prototype phone for a few months now.
In the mean time, we don’t know if that’s what the phone will actually be called. It’s basically what the current rumors have been pointing to. However, this is what we currently know and what to look for with Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone.
Nov. 11th, 2018: Samsung “Galaxy F” foldable phone could be really expensive
After the week of November 11th’s Samsung Developer Conference, had given us the first ever look at Samsung’s foldable displays, analysts are starting to predict how much such a phone would cost, and the price one told The Korea Times is not for the faint hearted.
2 million have one. That’s just how much head brokerage thinks the “Galaxy F” could cost according to analyst predictions, and thats also before carrier subsidies. This also comes out to around $1,770 in US currency. And for that kind of money you could actually buy:
- Google Pixel 3 and one Google Pixel 3 XL,
- 3 One Plus 6T’s and 3 Bullets Wireless Headphones.
- 7 Moto G 6’s
- 35 Google Home Mini’s
As scary as those numbers are, what’s even more unbelievable is the smartphone prices going higher and higher in the last two years. This number may not be as over-inflated as it seems, but Samsung’s Infinity Flex display has taken years of costly research and refinement, that the price tag of the first foldable smartphone is going to take use of it will no doubt at all reflect it.
We are still months away from the release of the Galaxy X and the Galaxy F, or what ever it’s going to be called, and the prices, and the global economies that drive them, can change a lot before then as well.
Samsung has also detailed specifications for it’s Galaxy X foldable phone
Samsung has also showed off it’s foldable phone earlier today and now the manufacturer has detailed some of the key aspects of the device. As explained by CNET’s Shara Tibdken, the Galaxy X has a fold-out design which transforms the phone into a tablet, with the phone part featuring a 21.9 4.58-inch screen with a resolution of 1960 x 840.
In tablet mode as well, the screen can extend to exactly 7.3 inches with a ratio of 4.2:3 and a resolution of 2152 x 1356. The pixel density in both modes are around 420 ppi’s.
The more important news so far
Samsung’s folding screen tech is called “Infinity Flex”. At their 2018 Developers conference, Samsung had announced that it’s foldable AMOLED panel is called “Infinity Flex”. Infinity Flex consists of two different panels, which includes a smaller one on the front which looks like a traditional phone, and when you open the thing up, there is a much larger 7.3 panel inside. Not like other foldable smartphones, the actual display is actually bending and not existing on a separate hinge. This means no black bars or bezels covering the display. It’s just one, very gorgeous, and uninterrupted screen.
As per Samsung’s announcement:
“Users now have the ability to enjoy the best of both worlds, which is a compact smartphone which unfolds to reveal a larger immersive display for multitasking and viewing content. This app experience is a seamless transition from the smaller display to the larger display as the device unfolds. Also, users can now actually browse, watch, connect and multitask without ever losing a beat, with the simultaneously three active apps on the larger display”.
The smartphone shown above is most likely what we’ve been referring to as the “Galaxy X”, though with a larger, chunky body may not actually be what it looks like. It’s just a dummy case to hide the phone’s actual design, though the function of the foldable panel will actually work the same as soon as we get closer to the release date.
Android will natively support foldable smartphones
Just before Samsung’s own conference, Google had officially released support for it’s foldable smartphones. With this native support, apps will be able to adjust and rearrange themselves based on if they’re using a smaller display or the larger, folded out one.
Google’s referring to this process as “screen continuity” and is best to be thought of as an evolution of how elements on your screen moving around when you go from portrait to landscaping mode.
Mass production to start in just a few weeks
If you were actually hoping to rush out and buy Samsung’s foldable phone sometime soon, you will unfortunately have to wait just a bit longer.
Samsung is saying that it will start mass production of it’s Infinity Flex displays within the coming months, meaning that we could be looking at the release at some point in 2019. We don’t currently have anything that more specific than that, while the price is currently not known, just don’t expect the folding smartphone to be cheap.
via Android Central