Citing industry sources familiar with Samsung’s future plans, a report by Yonhap News Agency is claiming that the South Korean tech giant will introduce its first foldable ‘Galaxy F’ smartphone in March 2019, alongside its 5G-capable ‘Galaxy S10’ flagship smartphone.
Samsung President Koh Dong-jin, who also heads the company’s mobile business, said last week that the company will release a foldable smartphone within the first half of 2019, which will have a shipment volume of at least 1 million.
The company is also expected to showcase the ‘Galaxy F’ foldable smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in February, one month ahead of its official launch. The said device will, however, not support the 5G wireless standard.
While the price of the foldable smartphone has not been decided, industry watchers said it may cost around 2 million won (US$1,770). The steep price is expected to limit sales.
Samsung said the upcoming foldable smartphone will fold inward and will sport a 7.4-inch screen when unfolded and have a 4.6-inch display like a regular smartphone when folded.
Last week, Samsung shared glimpses of its first, prototype foldable smartphone at its developer conference, featuring a new type of Infinity Flex display.