Samsung’s first foldable smartphone powered by Infinity Flex Display will be rolled out in first half of 2019 and the company says it will make approximately one million of them. According to Samsung's President for Mobile Communications DJ Koh, the company may raise the production volume of its foldable devices depending on market reception
Samsung shipped more than 300 million phones in total last year.
The foldable phone teased at the company’s annual developer conference comes with a tablet-sized screen that can be folded up to fit into a pocket. The device has a cover display that acts as a phone, and a main 7.3-inch tablet display.
“Up to three apps can be run simultaneously, which Samsung calls as multi active window. The phone will go in mass production sometime in December,” said Justin Denison, SVP of Mobile Product Marketing at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Samsung doesn’t officially reveal as to when the device will be released.
Google with its Android OS will be officially supporting these new foldable devices and will be working closely with Samsung for the launch of this phone probably next year.
“Google is also providing guidance for developers to start using existing features that are built into Android to support these foldable displays,” Samsung said.
Samsung is also planning to release a cheaper version of its flagship Galaxy S10 next year to appeal to consumers that have grown more cost-conscious.
Samsung isn’t the only phone maker working on foldable devices, though. And according to popular leakster Evan Blass, LG --- will showcase its foldable smartphone at CES 2019.
While CES 2019 is just a couple of months away, there are yet no specifications on the LG’s device at this time. It could very well be a dual-display “folding” phone that we’ve seen before.
Huawei, Xiaomi, and Microsoft are also said to be working such devices. LG’s name surfaced recently a couple of weeks ago as the display partner for a Lenovo foldable tablet.