If Samsung’s foldable smartphone looks like this, no doubt people will line up to get one
If you think the Samsung Edge display was cool? Something cooler is on the way, as Samsung is ready to announce its first folding smartphone.
There are some rumors, about what the phone may be called, so we’ll be discussing it as Samsung’s foldable smartphone to keep things very simple until an official name is revealed.
What will Samsung’s foldable smartphone look like? There are a lot of hints, concepts, prototypes, and rumors. Those are the most recent hints from Samsung itself. Following the release of a video containing the Samsung foldable smartphone, LetsGoDigital has set its 3D plans to work.
It’s a step beyond the site’s previous renders, and it says the new image reflect changes Samsung has made to the design. Notice the thinner bezels, and the thinner body itself, too. Even though it’s built on Samsung images, this is still an artist’s impression of the device, and may not be last. For example, the lack of a front-facing camera is very noticeable. However, if the final product comes close to this idea, it is sure to turn some heads.
The render was designed based on what could be the foldable smartphone as seen in a promotional video. The foldable smartphone-like device appears around 24 seconds in and stays on screen for a few seconds, during which it is unfolded to convert a tablet-like device. It’s not folded the whole way back, and both front and back screens are well-lit.
Again, it’s comparatively dark in the shot — just like Samsung’s developer session tease — so the real design is still hidden. It is convincing footage, though, and lets us properly visualize what life may be like with the device itself.
By using Samsung patents, we have been given hints about how the phone will show info on a hidden display seen when the device is folded. It is likely you will see info like texts or notifications, whether you’re in portrait or landscape mode, without having to unfold the phone each time. The patent also states the touchscreen will be compatible with the use of S Pen.
Foldable smartphone screens will be one of the big 2019 mobile trends, and also 5G will be the other. Samsung may have the chance to hit on both bases — it may launch a 5G version of its folding device in South Korea, but a broader international launch isn’t sure yet, and that means it may not arrive in the U.S. The phone may come in numerous colors — blue, black, green, or silver — which matches the normal 4G model.
Samsung has already been rumored to release a 7nm chipset with 5G capability for its upcoming foldable smartphone, and for use in a 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy S10. According to Lets Go Digital, the Samsung foldable phone will be driven by an Exynos 9820 processor in South Korea, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 somewhere else. While Samsung recently invested billions in a foundry to create 7nm chipsets, the newly announced Exynos 9820 SoC is actually based on 8nm style.
Such large screens as expected to be seen on the Samsung foldable smartphone need large batteries to power them. It is possible that Samsung will use two batteries in the upcoming foldable smartphone, each with a capacity of 2,190mAh, for a total of 4,380mAh. This nearly matches the previous report, which stated the two batteries inside would have a 2,200mAh capacity;
The camera may be borrowed from the upcoming Galaxy S10, according to an ETNews report, which says that it will have a “similar” triple-lens camera to the S10, containing a dual-lens setup and a third ultrawide lens. The sensors will be made by a partition of Samsung itself. Because the Galaxy S10 is not official yet, this is hard to verify but sounds reasonable enough.
GAMING PHONE DESIGN
Samsung may also be sightseeing the possibility of using the new foldable design for a gaming device. LetsGoDigital found a patent of a phone with gaming controls that seem to be able to fold over the top of the bottom of the already-folded screen —developing a device with two folds. Of course, it’s unlikely this will be the first Samsung foldable phone, but it could still be a difference of one.
INFINITY FLEX DISPLAY
What do we know about the remarkable foldable screen? Samsung offered a first appearance at the new phone at its 2018 developer conference. It was mostly hidden from view, but we were able to see the foldable part in the action with a screen.
It is designed to be folded and unfolded repeatedly — a motion Samsung says is ordinary and durable — without debasing the display quality. Samsung said it can be folded hundreds of thousands of times without displaying signs of wear and tear and uses new material to “change the anatomy of the smartphone display.”
The display was covered in a chunky outer shell that Samsung said was exactly done to keep the design a secret. We know that the screen will be 7.3 inch when folded out, and a second 4.6-inch screen will be noticeable on the outside when the device is folded up, according to ETNews.