Samsung Suddenly 'Confirms' New Galaxy's Nasty Surprise

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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… 

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

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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