Samsung Working on Two Other Foldable Phone Designs

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 4 Comments

Samsung is reportedly working on two new foldable devices. The company introduced its first ever foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, last month. Although Samsung’s Galaxy Fold made a big splash online, the company’s design was soon outdone by Huawei’s Mate X.

Bloomberg is reporting that the company is working on two other foldable devices with different designs. Because no one really has an idea of what the ideal foldable phone design is, Samsung is experimenting with two other designs.

That includes a design that folds on the outside, like the Mate X, as well as clamshell design that folds vertically.

Samsung first plans to launch the vertically folding phone later this year or early next year. The design of the device is expected to have a screen on the outside as well, though Samsung could eliminate that depending on how well the Galaxy Fold’s external display is received by customers.

As for the outfolding device, Samsung plans to launch that after the vertically folding phone. The outfolding phone will not feature an external display, meaning the design will be thinner than the clamshell design, as well as the Galaxy Fold.

Interestingly, Bloomberg reports that Samsung is still trying to improve the durability of the Galaxy Fold that’s set for an April launch. A crease appears on the device’s display after it’s been folded around 10,000 times, which could be a major problem for customers. Samsung is apparently considering offering free screen replacements for affected users, however.

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4 responses to “Samsung Working on Two Other Foldable Phone Designs”

  1. locust infested orchard inc

    Not content with using the same song in the launch video of the SameSong Galaxy Flop, as was specially commissioned nearly 2½ years earlier by Microsoft in its debut launch video of the Surface Book, SameSong is attempting to replicate the Huawei Marmite X with the foldable display on the outside.

    Same song, same design – Samsung appear to be creatively challenged as of late.

  2. SupaPete

    While the Mate X screen on the outside looks much nicer and has some advantages like big screen while in phone mode, too, using the outer screen for both selfies and people seeing themselves in group shots etc and hence overall "feels" more futuristic and hence stole the show and spotlight, i'm way more worried about that scratching easily than the screen on the inside of the fold.

    So i wouldn't give a final judgment which is the actually more usable form until one can try both, ideally with screen protector.

  3. Rob_Wade

    I simply have no use for these. Too big to be useful as a phone, too small for a tablet. And far too expensive to be worth the hassle of settling.

  4. blackcomb

    That's innovation.