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    Samsung is set to unveil a foldable smartphone this November

    Yes, this is the phone I've been waiting for since last year. Now the CEO of Samsung's mobile division, DJ Koh confirms that it will be unveiled in November this year.

    Samsung will unveil details of a foldable smartphone later this year, the CEO of its mobile division told CNBC, amid rumors that such a device was in the works.

    DJ Koh said that "it's time to deliver" on a foldable device after consumer surveys carried out by Samsung showed that there is a market for that kind of handset.

    Speaking to CNBC, Koh was tight-lipped on how the folding screen could work but ran through the design thinking of the upcoming smartphone, particularly how Samsung is trying to differentiate the experience from a tablet once it is unfolded.

    "You can use most of the uses ... on foldable status. But when you need to browse or see something, then you may need to unfold it. But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet? If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it?," Koh said at the IFA electronics show in Berlin last week.

    "So every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer. So when the end customer uses it, (they think) 'wow, this is the reason Samsung made it'."

    The device may sound similar to a traditional flip phone which relied on a hinge to connect the two parts of the handset. But Samsung is likely to focus on creating an actual screen that bends. The Wall Street Journal reported in July that an upcoming foldable smartphone would use a single screen.

    Koh hinted that more details of the device could be unveiled this year at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco, but gave no indication of when a full launch would take place or when it might go on sale. The mobile CEO admitted that while the development process is "complicated," the company has "nearly concluded" it.

    The move comes as Samsung looks to reinvigorate growth in its mobile division which saw sales fall 20 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018. The South Korean technology giant is facing stiff competition from Apple and Huawei in the high-end of the market. A folding phone could differentiate it from its competitors and potentially allow it to charge a higher price for the unique device.

    Koh also told CNBC that the company is changing its strategy in the mid-tier smartphone market to pack lower priced devices with new technology in order to appeal more to millennials.

    Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/04/sams...this-year.html


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    Will it be a bit like those old Motorola phones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    Will it be a bit like those old Motorola phones?
    No, it'll have a foldable screen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    No, it'll have a foldable screen.
    It suggest to me that the phone will either fold with the screen on the outside or there will be another screen accessible on the outside when the phone is folded.


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    Hope it is foldable from horizontal side rather than vertical side which is unfortunately hinted in their patents

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    Samsung made this cheesy concept video about foldable phones back in 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    It suggest to me that the phone will either fold with the screen on the outside or there will be another screen accessible on the outside when the phone is folded.
    From what I've read, there'll be another screen on the phone that will be accessible when it's folded.


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    I just can't see how it would work and still look like something you want to use.


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    Wavy


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    Samsung says its foldable phone will be a tablet you can put in your pocket



    D.J. Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, offers a few hints in an interview with CNET.


    Samsung's long-rumored foldable phone still hasn't shown up, but its mobile chief offered one compelling case for a product that could easily be written off as a gimmick.

    D.J. Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, said you'll be able to use the device as a tablet with multitasking capability before being able to fold it up into a more portable phone.

    "When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer," Koh said in an interview at the sidelines of the Samsung Galaxy A9 launch. "If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kind of products."

    He once again stressed the foldable phone wouldn't be a "gimmick product" that will "disappear after six to nine months after it's delivered." It'll also be available globally, unlike previous phones like the Galaxy Round, which used a curved display and was available only in Korea.

    Samsung has been chasing the holy grail of a foldable phone since it teased one at CES 2013 by showing off a flexible OLED display. Koh confirmed last month that Samsung's upcoming device will be launched this year and could debut as early as next month at Samsung's Developer Conference. The folding capability would mark a major advance in smartphones, which have stagnated with fewer innovations.

    Samsung isn't the only company aiming at a foldable phone. Huawei could be gunning to be the first to launch such a device, in November. Huawei beat Apple to become the world's second-largest smartphone maker, and is likely aiming for Samsung's top spot. Launching the first foldable phone could help either company cement a reputation as a trailblazer and create buzz that could trickle down to its more traditional, and cheaper, phones.

    The larger screen is important, Koh said. When Samsung first released the original Galaxy Note, he said, competitors called its device dead on arrival. Now, after generations of Notes phones, you see larger devices like the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3 XL, proving that consumers want bigger screens. A foldable phone would let screen sizes extend beyond 6.5 inches.

    "Possibly when we start selling the foldable phone, it may be a niche market, but definitely, it will expand," Koh said. "I'm positive that we do need a foldable phone."


    Link: https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-ce...n-your-pocket/


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