Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Samsung plans higher specs for cheaper smartphones to rival Chinese brands

Samsung plans higher specs for cheaper smartphones to rival Chinese brands

We know that Samsung is working on a foldable phone that could be called Galaxy X or Galaxy F, but what we didn't know is when it might be with us.

As for the time being, nothing much is clear about the Samsung foldable phone, codenamed the Galaxy X. It is more possibly to be the size of a small computing tablet, a little hefty than a normal flagship smartphone while folded, and will almost particularly be expensive. Koh has said that if the phone is folded out into a tablet but it works like any other tablet, there will be no reason to buy the product.

When 2018 opened, sources started to report that Samsung had finally reached the point where their research and development into a foldable smartphone was transitioning over to production.

A foldable device could help boost Samsung's flagship phone business, which has reportedly been struggling this year.

But the question remains: when will we actually see it? "But when you need to browse or see something, then you may need to unfold it", Koh told CNBC.

Samsung recently reiterated that it wants to be the first manufacturer to roll out a foldable smartphone, especially with rivals such as Huawei also making plans for such a device.

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This is a big clue, since it indicates that the foldable device will be phone-sized when folded and tablet-sized when unfolded.

Koh previously hinted that the phone was nearly ready but also complicated to develop. At least "eventually" has just been upgraded to "some time this year", according to a new report from CNBC in the States.

Previously Samsung has confirmed it was working on a device with a foldable screen - a phone that has always been codenamed the Samsung Galaxy X - but this is the first time we've had a clear launch window, and the information is straight from the head of Samsung's mobile division as well.

Koh said that this change in strategy for its mid-range devices like the Galaxy A series is also meant to make its devices appeal more to millennials.

Two of these screens combine seamlessly into a single seven-inch display when unfolded.

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