Samsung has finally spoken out about two of its much-anticipated future smartphone releases, giving tech fans plenty to discuss this week.
Speaking to an audience of journalists in Korea, mobile chief DJ Koh firstly revealed that the Galaxy S10 won’t be the first phone to feature 5G technology, as had been rumoured.
Although the company is working with carriers on the project, Koh confirmed that 5G will come in a separate, as-yet unnamed handset, outside the Galaxy family and potentially part of a one-off release.
Secondly – and perhaps most excitingly – Koh said the first ever truly foldable phone should be unveiled soon, leading to speculation that this might come at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next February.
He explained that prior durability and quality issues relating to the foldable design have now been solved, leaving Samsung free to work towards its forthcoming launch.
Furthermore, Koh hinted that this may be where the future lies for the company, commenting: “We wouldn’t have started [the project] if it was going to be a one-time thing.”
Foldable smartphones have been a Holy Grail for manufacturers for years, with Samsung having released an early prototype of a flexible design way back in 2011.
Since then, there has been something of a race against time to perfect the tricky technology necessary for such a product and get it in front of consumers first, ahead of competition from the likes of Apple and Huawei.
Samsung’s offering is expected to fold in half like a wallet and open to reveal a seven-inch screen, with the outside also featuring a display of some sort, as revealed in a patent application leaked by the Wall Street Journal last year.
If the technology behind a foldable phone proves to be light and compact enough to carry around yet intuitive enough to expand whenever users need a bigger display, then it may be that such devices become the gadget we’ve been waiting our whole lives for.
However, with an expected price tag of $1,500 (£1,175) and the potential for a huge repair bill if you drop it or sit on it, it remains to be seen whether this type of tech takes off as much as smartphone makers hope.