Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Samsung hints at foldable smartphone with very obvious logo change

Samsung hints at foldable smartphone with very obvious logo change

Although it has so far been mum on exactly when, analysts expect a launch date in the first half of 2019 - any later and Samsung would run the risk of new Apple phones stealing its thunder. Samsung's annual Developer Conference is scheduled to take place later this week, and Samsung has confirmed it will be previewing the phone at the show. Of course, we don't know how it's going to look and how it's going to operate exactly, but we have a couple of solid leads. The phone has been codenamed as Valley and victor also. We've already talked about folding phones from Samsung today, so we'll ignore that for now.

The company says the device is meant to combine both a smartphone and tablet, and will be available to purchase from next month. The secondary display will measure 4.58-inches, claims the report and Samsung is planning to market the device to feature a 7.3-inch and 4.6-inch displays, respectively. The company could first unveil the phone in its homeland followed by other countries.

But if Samsung can create some buzz around the new phones, it would be a welcome salve for its mobile division, which just last week reported quarterly profit tumbling by a third, squeezed by competition with Apple and as Chinese rivals spruce up their mid-range products with features similar to Samsung's. We've seen foldable displays and concept phones from various companies but nothing concrete on a production unit from Samsung. So, a lot of people are pretty vocal about not caring for a foldable phone.

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"Manufacturers who produce them now are demonstrating technology leadership, and will also be the first with serious applications for foldable screens". For the moment at least, there are no details on which processor, how much RAM, how many cameras, or what size battery this foldable phone might have.

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