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Samsung Galaxy F: What’s the story on Samsung’s foldable phone?

The Samsung Galaxy F has long been rumoured to be Samsung’s first foldable smartphone (or maybe even its first foldable gaming phone).

But will it be called the Galaxy F, or the Galaxy X, as has been previously reported? Well, no one actually knows, and because the rumour of a foldable smartphone has been going on for so long, we’re not convinced it will ever launch. It’s becoming a phantom phone, if you will. Either way, as we’ve heard Galaxy F a lot recently, we are sticking with that.

So, here is the story of Samsung’s foldable smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy F: Release date and price

  • Possible MWC 2019 launch, reveal in November
  • Might come before Galaxy S10
  • Could cost $2000

Samsung’s foldable phone has been rumoured to be coming for years. 

In 2017, there were reports suggesting we would see it at IFA 2017. But surprise, surprise, that never happened. Since then, we’ve head murmurings that the device will finally make its full debut at Mobile World Congress 2019. That date would still make sense, even though Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh said in early September 2018 the foldable device will be revealed in some way this year.

We believe that Samsung might preview it at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco. That may give developers the time and tools they need to design bespoke apps for the device that utilise the two parts of the screen.

The company will apparently begin mass production of the foldable smartphone in November 2018, reveal prototype models to carriers behind closed doors at CES 2019, and reveal it officially at MWC in February. Supporting this theory, Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh recently told Korean journalists that the company was working to produce a 5G phone, which wasn’t going to be the Galaxy S10.

That left some to assume this first 5G device might be the Galaxy F. However, based on Koh’s comments, it’s thought there will be four phone launches in 2019 for Samsung, comprising the S10, Note 10, a 5G phone, and a foldable phone. The Galaxy S10 typically launches around MWC 2019, suggesting the CES 2019 rumours for the Galaxy F mentioned above might have some legs.

Samsung is reported to be more interested in being the first to bring a foldable smartphone to market, rather than focusing on sales. Koh suggested the foldable phone’s launch is imminent, noting Samsung doesn’t “want to lose the world’s-first title”. He explained Samsung has been “focusing on developing innovations” and has solved issues related to the phone’s design.

For those eagerly waiting its release, we hope you’ve been saving since rumours started, because it’s been claimed the Galaxy F could cost within the $2,000 region. Ouch.

Samsung Galaxy F: Name

Samsung’s foldable phone has gone by both Galaxy F and Galaxy X. See:

But, we suspect that’s just an internal codename and that the phone will come to market with a totally different moniker.

Samsung Galaxy F: Design

  • Display panels that fold outwards
  • Smartphone into tablet
  • 5-inch to 7-inch

What will Samsung’s foldable smartphone look like?

Well that’s the million-dollar question that no one currently has the answer to, or at least no one allowed to share the information has the answer. It’s long been claimed that the foldable smartphone will have a 5-inch display that will fold out into an 8-inch tablet.

Bloomberg made the claim back in 2016 before the Korea Herald added “sources familiar with the matter” have said the Galaxy F will have display panels that fold outwards to become a tablet rather than folding into the screen.

More reports have suggested the Galaxy F will feature a 4.5-inch display that can be used as a regular smartphone, opening out to a 7.3-inch display when unfolded, but it is unclear for now how this will work or what the device will look like.

ZTE released the Axon M in October 2017 as a dual-screen flip phone that featured two displays that opened out, but the displays were broken up by a hinge, something the Galaxy F will presumably avoid with a flexible display.

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Samsung Galaxy F: Display

  • OLED display likely
  • Folding display or rolling display

Samsung is the OLED king, so it would come as no surprise to most if its foldable smartphone features an OLED display. What the specifications of this display might be are anybody’s guess for now, though. The company previously showed off a roll-out OLED display in May 2016 at an event called SID in San Francisco, but whether the Galaxy F will opt for this kind of technology or something entirely different is not yet known.

The roll-out OLED display was just 0.3mm thick and featured 10R rolling radius, with the ability to roll up like a scroll. It was able to pump out 1080p resolution across a 5.7-inch display but this was without a touch-control layer. More recently at the beginning of 2018, Samsung mentioned foldable OLED displays several times in an earnings call, claiming these would drive growth along with Bixby.

This suggests that the foldable smartphone will feature an OLED display that folds, as oppose to rolls. In anticipation of the phone’s reveal, Samsung has also left some hints on its Twitter and Facebook profiles, changing the profile pictures on both accounts to show an image of its logo being folded – not along a hinge but actually folded back, further suggesting the phone’s screen will be flexible.

lastly, according to LetsGoDigital, Samsung filed trademarks in the US around the name “Infinity”, such as “Infinity-Flex”. That “Infinity” name is often used in Samsung’s Infinity Display marketing term for its nearly bezel-less phones starting. Samsung filed for the “Infinity Display” trademark early 2017 as well. Could the Infinity Flex trademark refer to a flexible Infinity Display for its foldable phone?

Samsung Galaxy F: Camera and hardware

  • Flagship hardware likely

Rumours have been thin on the ground regarding what specifications the foldable Galaxy smartphone might offer. And when we say thin on the ground, we mean thinner than the other rumours, which pretty much means no one knows much at all, if anything.

If the Galaxy F does eventually turn out to be a gaming phone as well as foldable phone, or even just a gaming phone, we can certainly expect flagship hardware, especially in terms of processor, graphics and RAM. Even as just a foldable phone however, we’d still expect decent specifications, including battery, camera, and hardware, especially if the $2000 price tag is accurate.

Samsung’s flagship smartphones offer great camera results, so it would be surprising for the Galaxy F not to follow suit. After all, a folding smartphone come tablet would be great, but it still needs to perform as well as a flagship smartphone would.

Samsung Galaxy F: Conclusions

The Samsung Galaxy F is one of the most rumoured smartphones out there, falling into the Surface Phone category. It might never appear and even if it does, it will probably be completely different to what the rumours have claimed so far and no doubt be called something completely different too. We will continue to update this feature as more rumours appear surrounding the Galaxy F.

But, bear in mind, this foldable phantom might be a long time coming.

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