Samsung CEO: First foldable phone could be unveiled in November


A new type of foldable smartphone from Samsung may get revealed before the end of 2018.

Koh didn't disclose any specifications about the smartphone but he announced that company will unveil the smartphone at Samsung Developers Conference 2018, which is set for November 7-8 in San Francisco.

The experience of using a foldable phone, Koh says should be different from how consumers use a tablet and would need to do something better.

"It's nearing completion - we're now focused on the user experience", he said at the time.

Samsung has always been rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone, with the really smart money being on the device carrying the Galaxy X designation when it (eventually) drops. He also hinted that the "unfolded" mode will provide benefits that go beyond having a tablet-sized screen, but didn't elaborate on what these benefits might be. "If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they [he means us] buy it?" By differentiating mid-range devices, Koh said, they'll be able to achieve this goal.

Koh spoke about the phone in broad terms - saying, for example, that "every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer" - but shared no specifics. The ideal foldable phone would have a single display that can fold.

The first phone to follow this new strategy will reportedly be this year's Galaxy A series phone and will be priced at $400.

Digitimes Research reports it has discovered that most of the smartphones with a foldable screen have an in-folding display.

While Samsung may have come up with a response to that question, Koh refused to divulge that answer, or any design details about the phone. The two giants are going for the world's first title, with Samsung appearing to be the favorite in this particular race.

LG has also filed several patents describing a 'mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half'.