Samsung boss says firm will FINALLY launch foldable phone later this year

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Samsung CEO: First foldable phone could be unveiled in November

Samsung mobile division CEO DJ Koh confirmed the company will be launching the phone before the end of the year, but there's no guarantee you'll be able to buy it before 2019.

While Samsung may have come up with a response to that question, Koh refused to divulge that answer, or any design details about the phone. However, issues like dust collection within the folds and the strength are still issues that need to be dealt with. Koh said that his company doesn't just want this device to function like any other tablet when unfolded, but want to introduce applications and capabilities that will differentiate it from other smartphones. Koh mentioned that market research showed enough interest in this type of product and that their development of it is "nearly concluded". For example, it has released the results of several consumer surveys that suggest that there is consumer appetite for one.

'Every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer, ' Koh told CNBC.

Samsung is not the only manufacturer which plans to launch a foldable phone this year; Chinese smartphone manufacturer is also working on its foldable smartphone.

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While we still don't have any word on the full-scale launch or the pricing of the device, we at least now know that such a device exists. The advances in OLED technology, which the smartphone giant now has a lead in terms of maturity, suggest a single-screen device with a flexible and foldable display.

I'm still not sure I'm sold on the need for this, and I really hope they aren't going to unfold a phone into a DeX experience.

Compared to Samsung's 2018 flagships, the Galaxy S10 line should debut in-screen fingerprint readers and possibly even feature a depth-sensing 3D camera setup.

To date, Samsung's top of the line Galaxy Note 9 only houses a dual-camera main array, while Huawei's P20 Pro sports a triple-camera setup for its main array. It's safe to assume that Samsung will be charging a hefty premium for the Galaxy X, especially if it's the first folding phone to hit the market.

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