The first glimpse of Samsung foldable phones was leaked long back but has yet to show up. The company is said to be working on the device for the past two years. Earlier in 2018, the South Korean giant’s mobile division CEO DJ Koh had announced that the hotly-anticipated handset could finally become a reality by November this year.
While leaks and speculations are still around the corners, CEO Koh has given out some of the details of the upcoming device. The description as provided matches the concept trailer the company released back in 2013, which showed a device with one large internal screen combined with a second smaller screen on the outside for use when folded.
He has reportedly confirmed that the Samsung foldable device will work as a tablet that users could fold into a smartphone that can fit into a pocket. With this feature, users will also get multitasking capabilities in the device along with easy portability.
On October 12, 2018, at the Samsung Galaxy A9 launch, Koh revealed in an interview that the device would be a tablet that folds down into a phone. It’s still a mystery how the tech behind this will work, but there are some theories in the original story below, published on September 6, 2018.
Numerous companies have tried making their own foldable smartphones. Huawei reportedly planned to release a foldable handset in limited quantities in 2019, and Lenovo and Xiaomi have also teased their own prototypes. Finally, LG has also invested big in flexible displays, showing off a concept TV that rolled up into a box when not in use something very similar to foldable phones.
Koh confirms that the new Samsung foldable smartphone will have big screen sizes that will extend beyond 6.5 inches. He is optimistic about the new technology saying; “Possibly when we start selling the foldable phone, it may be a niche market, but definitely, it will expand.”