For years we’ve been hearing about Samsung’s plan to launch a foldable smartphone, and last month Samsung pretty much confirmed that we might be able to learn more about the handset later this year. Now according to a report from CNET, additional details about the upcoming handset have been revealed.
This information comes from an interview the publication had with D.J. Koh, Samsung Mobile’s chief where according to Koh, he confirm what most people were thinking, which is that this is a phone that can be folded up and put into a pocket, but when expanded can be used as a tablet. It’s actually interesting that he confirmed this, considering that back in September Koh seemed to allude that it would be more than just a tablet.
Speaking to CNET, Koh adds, “When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer. If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don’t want to deliver those kind of products.” He also stressed that the foldable phone concept will not be a gimmick that will disappear less than a year after it is launched, and that they do plan on launching it globally.
However Koh admits that such a device could target a rather niche crowd at launch, but also expressed his optimism that such a market could expand in the future. At the moment it is unclear when the phone will be launched, but many expect that it will most likely be in November. In the meantime other rumors we’ve heard about the phone include a possible 7.3-inch display size and that it could be expensive.