Samsung is planning to release more than one foldable phone in the future, for about half a decade at least. It’ll all start in the first half of 2019, with the device tentatively called Galaxy F, after being known as Galaxy X for a while.
Right now Samsung makes 300 million smartphones per year, so the million units made initially for the foldable series is a mere taste. If all goes well, production could be ramped up. This is still a niche product, one selling at the tune of $1700 per unit in 2019. Sources expect a commercial launch in March and a showcasing of the finalized product at MWC 2019, if not even CES 2019.
The result will be a 7.4 inch display tablet, that when folded generates two 4.6 inches panels, one on the front and one back. DJ Koh, Samsung Mobile boss met with the Google CEO Sundar Pichai two months ago to come with a proper interface and software experience for foldables. Google already adapted to this and made its own announcements regarding screen continuity and foldables.
2019 is a big year for Samsung phones, as the Galaxy S series turns 10 years old and people are expecting a lot after a Galaxy S9 that was very similar to the Galaxy S8. Judging by the Infinity Flex display shown at SDC 2018, I think that there’s a long way to go till these foldables look both sexy and usable in real life.