Changing tack: Samsung to reveal some features of foldable phone this week

Changing tack: Samsung to reveal some features of foldable phone this week

Just when we thought we were out Samsung goes and pulls us back by posting an official teaser for a foldable smartphone on its Facebook page. Further, it could cost a fortune as rumours have it that it may be priced at almost $1,500 which roughly translates to over Rs 1 lakh.

As we can see in the screenshot of the app below, it clearly says, "Explore the new Galaxy UX with Android 9.0 Pie (Beta Program), and see how a Foldable display creates a totally new experience". Royole Corporation, a California-based start-up, last week unveiled FlexPai, a 7.8-inch foldable device with as many as three screens. It is also the first device to pack in the yet-to-be-launched Snapdragon 850. It does hint that rumours were right that the device will function both as a tablet when unfurled and turned to a mobile when folded. We're going for Samsung Galaxy Flex. The company is expected to showcase the Galaxy foldable handset codenamed- "Winner" at the upcoming Samsung Developer Conference on November 7-8 in San Francisco.

Expectations that the phone itself will be on display are, however, low. The dual-camera setup is on par with other smartphone leaders with its 20-megapixel telephoto and 16-megapixel wide-angle lenses, as well as stereo speakers and a fingerprint ID - features that define smartphones nowadays.

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Research firm Strategy Analytics forecast in May global sales of just 1.2 million foldable phones next year though should soar to about 64.9 million phones in 2023.

Now that they've been beaten to the folding phone punch by lesser-known brand Royole, it seems Samsung is gearing up to show us what they've been working on all this time.

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