Samsung plans to launch the first smartphone with a foldable display in March 2019 - shortly after the launch of the new Galaxy S10, which is expected to be launched in February. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, the price will be around 1,560 euros.
At its SDC developer conference in San Francisco, however, Samsung only showed the prototype of a folding display, the actual device was unrecognizable. But it could be seen that at least this prototype has two screens: a 4.58" large one with a resolution of 840 × 1.960 pixels on the outside, which is used for short checks and the actual, foldable 7.4" Infinity-Flex OLED display with 1.536 × 2.152 pixels, which only becomes visible when the phone is opened - but then offers a seamless screen. What&s unusual, however, is the almost square format in "Tablet" mode.
Samsungs foldable smartphone in folded and unfolded state
Samsung has been working for several years on the necessary technology for folding displays, which should finally resolve the immanent contradiction between user wishes for a handy smartphone and the largest possible display. However, the prototype presented by Samsung for only 30 seconds shows a nicely large, unfolded display. The new One UI user interface is intended to make the transition between working with the front display and the fold-out display smooth - apps opened at the front simply continue to run on the large screen after they have been opened - the front screen is switched off.
Samsung is dependent on new innovations in order to remain number one in the smartphone market - Huawei has been catching up - also due to new ideas and technologies such as triple and quad cameras - more and more market shares. It remains to be seen whether the Falthandy will be able to lend Samsung new splendour - at a price of around 1,500 euros, however, Samsung will probably not be able to attract large crowds of buyers with it. At any rate, Samsung is initially targeting one million buyers. Unlike the new Galaxy S10, the folding phone will probably not yet support the new 5G mobile phone standard.
Somewhat embarrassing for Samsung is however, that the Chinese manufacturer Royole a few days before Samsung has already introduced a Falthandy with flexible display, which is to be delivered as early as December at a price of around 1,400 euros and thus Samsung despite many years of development work has come first. Probably that&s why Samsung felt obliged to show the unfinished prototype of his folding mobile phone already now. Royole follows another simpler principle: the flexible screen of the FlexPai is located on the outside and can easily be unfolded to 7.8" - so Royole can do without a second display.