Samsung to launch world’s first foldable phone in 2019

Samsung may have just launched its most powerful phone ever in the form of the Galaxy Note 9. However, the South Korean tech giant already has ideas in the pipeline for next year.

One of those is a foldable phone. And not like those clamshell phones from the 90s, either. According to tech site ZD Net, Samsung’s mobile phone boss DJ Koh told journalists at the event that when it comes to making a foldable phone, Samsung ‘didn’t want to lose the world’s-first title.’

He said the company was ‘focusing on developing innovations that will be genuinely accepted and liked by consumers.’

The idea of creating a folding phone was first prompted back in 2016 and the company has been working on it since then. And we’re not talking about those Motorola flip-phones from the 90s with a keypad, either.

These would be proper smartphones that use cutting-edge foldable screen technology that has been in R&D labs for years.

As well as having a central display that folds along a spine, the futuristic gadget could have a screen on the outside. We dread to think of the repair bill if you drop it.

While Koh says the project isn’t too far away from seeing the light, unconfirmed rumours have suggested that it could be revealed in 2019.

Samsung will have to be quick as other companies are also working on foldable phones. Huawei is rumoured to be pushing for a world’s first title as well.

In Samsung’s case, this new design format could be the start of a series of phones to sit alongside the S and Note series of devices. “We wouldn’t have started [the project] if it was a going to be a one-time thing,” DJ Koh said.

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