Samsung officially teases folding smartphone on Facebook

Royole Releases the World’s First Commercial Foldable Smartphone

Royole Releases the World’s First Commercial Foldable Smartphone

"We are focusing more on the features that the users should get when they unfold the device", said Harksang Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Visual R&D at Samsung Electronics. A previous report claimed that Samsung's first foldable smartphone is codenamed "Winner".

Chinese startup Royole is beating Samsung and everybody to the punch to produce a foldable smartphone. He tweeted: "I can't speak for Samsung. but I do know that LG plans to unveil a foldable phone at its 2019 CES keynote".

The promise of a foldable display is compelling.

These leaked press renders show the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple color variant
The OnePlus 6T was launched a week ago, and the phone is set to go on sale in Malaysia in just a few more days. The OnePlus 6T is the brand's latest flagship smartphone, and features incremental upgrades over the OnePlus 6.

It can be used as either a phone or a tablet. The biggest problem with bringing these devices to market usually revolves around the screen durability. Folding an OLED display puts it under stress and will eventually damage it. The Royole can supposedly withstand 200,000 folds without damage, but even that's with a design that doesn't fold fully closed. Royole is cheating a bit by giving the display a very wide hinge to bend around, which puts the display under less stress. Samsung's annual Developer Conference is scheduled to take place later this week, and Samsung has confirmed it will be previewing the phone at the show.

The flip phones of the early 2000s may be making a comeback next year, but instead of a small screen and physical keyboard, the new iteration will have a foldable display that opens up to a screen size similar to that of a small tablet. Other possibilities include the upcoming industry showcases at CES in January and MWC in February. Talking about the camera, there is a possibility that Samsung might add just one camera module on the Galaxy foldable phone.

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