At next weeks Unpacked Event in San Francisco, Samsung is expected to spill the beans on the worst kept secret in world of mobile.
So what exactly could it be?
Well…Samsung is preparing to release its first foldable smartphone and it’s a pretty big deal, with Samsung saying it will “lead the mobile industry into a new era.”
There are currently rumors galore about what exactly Samsung will confirm about their new golden child, from specs and display information, right down to what the phone may be called.
With all this said, here’s a quick recap on the key details we know so far about the tech-giants first foldable smartphone.
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What will the phone look like?
Samsung offered their first in-depth look at the new phone at its 2018 developer conference.
The new display that will make the foldable magic possible is called Infinity Flex Display, and has taken seven years to develop, according to Samsung’s senior vice president of visual research and development, Hark-sang Kim.
The image you see above, is a render from the team at LetsGoDigital and is based on a culmination of details previously released by Samsung; including a recent Samsung video that was leaked online.
Previous blueprints released of the device, also revealed that it will fold up in a similar to how a brochure does.
Samsung’s folding phone will likely have two displays: a tall 4.5-inch 840 x 1960 screen on the outside or front of the device, and a foldable 7.3-inch 1536 x 2152 display on the inside.
The foldable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display will unfold like a brochure, to offer a bigger screen when playing games, watching movies, or running multiple applications at once (yes please!)
Apps that are running on the smaller 4.6-inch display when users unfold the larger tablet display, will appear on the bigger screen in the same state you left them.
What will the phone be called?
There have been a number of rumoured naming conventions floating around; Galaxy F, Galaxy X, Galaxy Fold, and Fold are all on the table, but Galaxy F seems the most likely at this stage.
So when should we expect to see Samsung’s foldable masterpiece out in the wild?
The short answer is very soon
A Samsung representative was previously quoted as saying, “the foldable device will launch by the first half of 2019 in select markets.
The general consensus from tech experts, is that a March - April seems most likely at this stage . Regardless of this speculation, we should find out confirmed launch information and pricing at the Unpacked Event in San Francisco (Feb 20), where Samsung is also set to announce their Galaxy S10 range.