Picture: Galaxy Fold, a foldable smartphone released by Samsung last month
Netease Technologies News, March 6, according to foreign media reports, sources said that Samsung is developing two new foldable smartphones after the release of the first foldable smartphone Galaxy Fold, in an attempt to seize the lead in the new niche market.
Samsung is developing a vertical folding phone similar to a flip phone and a folding phone similar to Huawei MateX, according to people familiar with the situation. Samsung plans to sell its Galaxy Fold phone in April, which folds inward like a notebook, for $1980.
Although its too early to judge how the market needs flexible-screen smartphones, Samsung and other competitors are eager to gain a huge advantage over Apple in the $495 billion mobile industry as smartphone sales cool down. According to a video released in January, Millet is developing a double folding smartphone. Apple has yet to announce any plans for similar products.
Nobody knows what the ideal design looks like yet, says Bryan Ma, vice president of device research at IDC. The time for testing water is ripe. Many of these designs are unsuccessful, but people in the industry will learn valuable experience from them.
A Samsung spokesman declined to comment on plans to develop a new foldable mobile phone.
Samsung plans to launch a vertical folding smartphone by the end of this year or early next year, and is fine-tuning the design using a physical model, people familiar with the matter said. Relevants say the phone has an extra screen on its exterior, but the manufacturer may remove it based on the users response to similar external displays on Galaxy Fold.
People familiar with the matter said the foldable device would be launched later. They said the phone would be thinner without additional screens.
They say Samsung may also add a fingerprint sensor under the screen to its foldable phone, just like the Galaxy S10 released last month.
Samsung is also working to improve the durability of Galaxy Fold displays as it develops new models. One of the people familiar with the matter said that they were trying to eliminate the creases that appeared after about 10,000 folds on the panel, and Samsung was considering offering free screen replacement after the product was launched.
The main reason for the defect in the Galaxy Fold screen is that it has a protective film covering touch sensors connected to the lower display, the person familiar with the matter said. Thats one of the reasons Samsung put the phone in the glass display cabinet at the World Mobile Communications Conference last month, the person familiar with the matter said. Samsung spokesman said that the reason why the Galaxy Fold phone was displayed in this way was that it wanted the public to pay more attention to the upcoming Galaxy S10, rather than the screen quality of the foldable phone.
Samsung expects to produce at least one million foldable phones this year. Samsungs launch of foldable smartphones comes as it tries to attract consumers who are used to gradual upgrades and are attracted by Chinas low-cost smartphones.
Samsung also produces memory chips and televisions. It can also produce foldable displays and provide technology to rivals such as Apple. Samsung shipped 291.3 million mobile phones last year, compared with 205.8 million in Huawei, according to Strategy Analytics, a market research firm. Counterpoint, a research firm, predicts that Samsungs flagship Galaxy S10 could sell more than 40 million units in the first year of listing.
Samsung spent eight years developing Galaxy Fold and working closely with Google to make the Android operating system adaptable to foldable screens. Chung Eui-suk, executive vice president of Samsung Research and Development, said on the companys website last month that the company also envisions a future smartphone with a curly and scalable display screen. (Han Bing)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541