Samsung's head of mobile has said it is "time to deliver" foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device. He said, "You can use most of the uses. on foldable status". He added that the device could be "unfolded" that would give you more screen real estate to surf the Web "or see something". The CEO, however, stated while the device in its unfolded state reveals a bigger display which mimics a tablet in most respects, it would still offer an experience quite different from a tablet.
Koh said Samsung is moving fast "after consumer surveys...showed that there is a market for that kind of handset" and he has previously admitted Samsung "didn't want to lose the world's first title" to a rival. "So when the end customer uses it, (they think) "wow, this is the reason Samsung made it". An earlier unconfirmed report indicated that the internal, folding display will be 7 inches.
Samsung's long-awaited foldable phone is getting ready for primetime, and could very well steal the thunder away from Apple's iPhone XS.
While speaking to CNBC, DJ Koh, the man who's calling the shots, said, "It's time to deliver". But, while they give us some idea of what a Galaxy X might look like, they're no substitute for a proper announcement. He referred to the development process as being "complicated, but claimed that the company has "nearly concluded" it".
For Samsung, one challenge is to create a device that will appeal to users over a normal tablet or jumbo-size phone. Huawei and other Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are launching innovative flagship phones at a much lower cost than Samsung.
Samsung Mobile CEO hints at long-awaited foldable smartphone reveal this year
Unlike the traditional flip phones that require a hinge, Samsung is reportedly making a screen that bends.
This news was confirmed by DJ Koh, Samsung's president of mobile communications, during an interview with CNBC at IFA.
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Koh expressed that this smartphone would have novel usefulness and not simply be limited to the usefulness of a normal smartphone and tablet.
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