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Samsung Confirms Foldable Phone Launch at Galaxy Unpacked Event on February 20


Alongside the Galaxy S10 family, Samsung is all set to launch its foldable phone at the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20. The South Korean company on Monday confirmed the upcoming launch through a teaser posted on its social media channels. The phone in question could debut as the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy F, as per some recent rumours. A glimpse of the foldable phone concept was notably showcased by Samsung at its annual developer conference last November. Also, the company teased the foldable phone through an outdoor advertising campaign in Paris last month.

The latest teaser video posted by Samsung begins with Korean text that folds and makes way for the tagline “The future unfolds” in English. The movement of text is followed by the prominent number 10, which apparently depicts the Galaxy S10 range. All is enough to highlight the debut of a foldable phone at the forthcoming Galaxy Unpacked event.

However, Samsung has ensured that its message will clearly be sent to the targeted audience and thus tweeted, “The future of mobile will unfold on February 20, 2019.”

A glance at the upcoming phone was given at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in November last year. The company didn’t reveal any hardware specifications of the device at its annual developer conference. However, it did mention that its foldable smartphone form factor is based on an Infinity Flex Display panel. There is also the newly released One UI interface that supports foldable device.

Last month, Samsung started an outdoor advertising campaign in Hangul, in Place de la Concorde of Paris, that featured the phrase “Unfolding the future” to suggest its foldable phone launch. A promotional video purportedly revealing the foldable phone also leaked earlier this month. The video showed that the phone has an inward folding design and comes with a cover display that lights up when the phone is being used in the folded state.

While the cover panel of the foldable phone by Samsung is so far reported to sport a 4.58-inch display, its inner foldable panel is said to come in 7.3 inches of size. The smartphone is also rumoured to have a triple rear camera setup and come with a mode called Multi-Active Window to run up to three apps simultaneously.

If we go by the previous rumours, Samsung could call its foldable phone the Galaxy Fold or simply the Galaxy F. The new model is also rumoured to carry a price tag of around GBP 2,000 (roughly Rs. 1,82,000). A 5G variant of the foldable phone could also debut specifically for the South Korean market.

We need to wait until the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event to understand what all the difference the foldable phone will offer to end users. Meanwhile, it is safe to expect that some rumours and leaks will detail the ongoing development in the coming days.

Apart from Samsung, companies such as Energizer, Huawei, and LG are also expected to unveil their foldable phone models later this month. These developments are likely to be featured at MWC 2019 in Barcelona starting February 25.