Samsung would still like to be the first to release a foldable smartphone

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Last updated: August 13th, 2018 at 14:19 UTC+02:00

We have heard countless reports over the past few years that Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone. The company has since acknowledged that it’s indeed working on such a device and that it won’t be a gimmick. Samsung is now expected to launch its foldable smartphone early next year.

Samsung said after the launch of the Galaxy S9 earlier this year that it was no longer obsessed with “being the world’s first” to bring new technology to market. It was based on the idea that the company would not rush new technologies to market and would rather wait and launch them when they’re fully ready for consumers. This ethos doesn’t apply to the foldable smartphone, it seems.

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Speaking at a press event for Korean journalists, Samsung’s mobile boss DJ Koh said that the company is still interested in becoming the first smartphone vendor in the world to launch a proper foldable smartphone. He added that Samsung is “focusing on developing innovations that will be genuinely accepted and liked by consumers” while retaining its wish to clinch “the world’s-first title.”

Koh didn’t reveal a lot of information about the device itself but did mention that it’s not long before the foldable smartphone will finally be unveiled. He said that Samsung has cleared many obstacles in the quality and durability of the product. Samsung wouldn’t have started the project “if it was a going to be a one-time thing,” which suggests that the company may be mulling a proper series of foldable smartphones – the Galaxy F perhaps?

There’s a lot of excitement among Samsung fans who are anxiously waiting to see what the company can deliver in this form factor. Koh stopped short of saying when the device will actually be unveiled. Recent reports suggest that it could be launched early next year. Some have even floated the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in January as the stage for the handset’s unveiling.

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