Samsung has hosted two packed press conferences every year for some good years now, but it can change soon because the Korean smartphone maker is ready to uncover a third flagship phone. It's the folding smartphone we've heard so much about the last couple of years. Samsung continued pushing the launch of the innovative new handset, but it just confirmed that Galaxy F will be coming soon. The company did not reveal the name of its foldable smartphone line, but recent rumors claimed it would be called Galaxy F.
A new report says now that folding smartphones may come even faster than we expected, which means that Samsung would have to uncover Galaxy F in the coming months to win the "world's first title" it desperately wants.
In the past few weeks, we heard that Huawei is joining the Chinese actor BOA to try to launch the first folding smartphone in the world before Samsung reveals Galaxy F. We have also heard that other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, including Xiaomi, can work with foldable smartphone designer by itself.
Then came the Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked press conference, which is where Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh told reporters that Samsung will still be the first company in the world to launch a folding handset. Exec does not offer a launch time frame during interviews that followed the press adventure, but we expect all folding phones to hit stores at some point next year.
Now, a Digitimes report looks at increased competition between Chinese and Korean smartphone manufacturers containing more details about potential rollout of folding smartphones. Digitimes states that folding smartphones are expected to arrive as soon as in the second half of 201
The report notes that 2019 "will be a turning point for the competition between smartphone providers in China and Korea" apparently suggests that while folding smartphones can be unveiled this year, they will not hit the stores next year.
Digitimes states that both Samsung and Huawei design devices want to throw in and the companies are going to launch their phones in many international markets. Xiaomi, meanwhile, creates a device that folds outwards – that is, the flexible screen stays on the outside when folding the handset. The Chinese company will mainly promote folding smartphones in China.
With all that in mind, it would not be surprising to see Samsung and Huawei uncover their folding phones by the end of the year, although they will not be available to consumers for several weeks or months after that. And everything will be done to win the world's first foldable phone's title as every company requires.
Digitimes of course, is not a perfect track record for predicting movements in the mobile market, and the site gives no sources for its claim that folding smartphones will be unveiled in the second half of 2018. If Digites The prediction is not accurate, showing the Consumer Electronics Show in early January is also a likely place for collapsible phone messages. It is assumed that Samsung has completed its first-ever folding handset. The same goes for Huawei and other Samsung rivals who may be interested in launching folding phones soon.