WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Samsung is reported to unveil their newest product category next month-its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy F.
- News has also revealed that ongoing developments for the new device including creating the best experiences for the users may be done in the SDIC, in the U.S.
- It is widely anticipated that only around a million units will be produced in the first year, and its price will be really expensive.
Next month, Samsung unveils two new smartphones: the widely rumored Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy F, the company’s first foldable handset.
While Galaxy F already had its soft launch in November, the Infinity Flex screen and the new One UI user interface that power up all Samsung mobile experiences including Galaxy F was mostly shown. As they set to introduce the newest breakthroughs, Samsung is also planning to maximize the foldable phone experience, which you won’t be finding in stores this year, says new reports.
Current development for the upcoming phone may be primarily done in the U.S., at the Samsung Design Innovation Center (SDIC), as the company tests new experiences on foldable phones, according to a post from the Korea Herald.
Having operated in California for years, the SDIC is responsible for Samsung’s new products and services designs. Obviously, the foldable experience is of top importance for Samsung and the one product category that they wish to succeed. In the first year, only a million units are expected to be made with its price too expensive to pay.
In a press conference on Thursday, Federico Casalegno, the SDIC head, called the foldable handset a “breakthrough in technology innovation.”
He added saying that their group reinvents and reimagines how new experiences based on the new platform can be created.
“And of course we are very well situated here because the Android system has not been designed for that (foldable). We need to explore new ways to do so.”
When unfolded, the phone will have three screens that will include the primary panel found on the inside of the phone, with a smaller display found on the outer shell.
However, SDIC is not the only one developing Android features for foldable phones. For one, Apple is reportedly working on its own foldable handsets. In terms of design, however, Casalegno contends that Samsung’s in-folding phone display features might give users a better experience than Apple’s wrap-around display phone that they may be planning to design.
While Apple is unlikely to announce a foldable iPhone within the year, other vendors may be planning to do so, such as Huawei, Microsoft, LG, Xiaomi and Oppo, among others.