Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is shaping up to be very special, but it cannot hold a candle to the company’s most exciting (and most expensive) smartphone in years. That is, until Samsung itself this week cast doubt over its immediate future…
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Samsung Galaxy F concept – but when will the mass-market model now come?Phone Designer / NieuweMobiel
Speaking to The Investor in its home country of South Korea, Samsung officials told the publication there are no immediate plans for mass-production of the foldable displays required to make the company’s radical Galaxy F folding smartphone. Something which will come as a surprise to many.
Just last week Samsung CEO DJ Koh spoke about his company’s race to get this potential game-changing phone to market, saying it “didn’t want to lose the world’s first title”.
Consequently, whether the company’s updated statement means the Galaxy F will be delayed or Samsung has decided to call off mass-production and reposition the phone as a niche device (possibly to secure that ‘World’s First’ title) remains to be seen. But, either way, it will be extremely disappointing given the hype with which Samsung has previously built-up the phone.
Samsung Galaxy F conceptPhone Designer / NieuweMobiel
On the flip side, Samsung looks set to reward those who are prepared to be patient.
The Investor article reveals that although mass-production of folding displays is not coming soon, Samsung is gearing up to make this move in future with the creation of a dedicated task force focused solely on the production of folding panels. The team is said to be 200-strong with the executive vice president of the OLED division moving to head it up.
So yes, Samsung clearly is determined to make folding smartphones (with some true sci-fi capabilities) a big business. It just won’t be as soon as everyone was led to believe…
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