Samsung rushing out folding smartphone to be the first to market

Samsung rushing out folding smartphone to be the first to market

A top official yesterday confirmed the South Korean tech giant will introduce its foldable smartphone by the end of this year.

Speaking to CNBC, Samsung CEO DJ Koh hinted that the foldable phone could be unveiled at the company's Developer Conference in San Francisco in November.

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 third screen is located on the opposite side and allows you to access certain functions when the phone is folded.

According to Koh, the development process has been "nearly concluded" and the launch is nearby. However, he suggested that more details would be revealed at the Samsung Developer Conference scheduled for November 7 and 8.

Previously, it was reported that Samsung's upcoming foldable smartphone would use a single screen. It seems that the chaebol wants to take things further, as a new rumor has claimed that Samsung may launch a smartphone with as many as four cameras this year.

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"Every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer".

In other words, the first company to unveil a foldable phone won't necessarily be the first to ship one to consumers.

The Galaxy X has been kept secret, but what we do know is that it is a foldable device that, when closed, will produce a smartphone that is thicker than a standard flagship like the iPhone X or Galaxy S9.

Compared to Samsung's 2018 flagships, the Galaxy S10 line should debut in-screen fingerprint readers and possibly even feature a depth-sensing 3D camera setup. "So when the customers uses it, [they think] "Wow, this is the reason Samsung made it"," Koh said. "If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they [he means us] buy it?"

The handset has been codenamed "winner" - a good omen, perhaps? - although, as per previous reports, it'll more likely be called "Galaxy X" on release. An earlier unconfirmed report indicated that the internal, folding display will be 7 inches.