Galaxy Fold Is Reportedly Samsung's Official Branding For Its First Folding Smartphone
The branding leak comes courtesy of Evan Blass, so we can pretty much take the information as fact. Samsung will officially unveil the production version of the Galaxy Fold tomorrow alongside the highly-anticipated Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. While we don’t know the particulars with regards to the Galaxy Fold’s SoC, RAM and storage configurations, Samsung has been pretty forward with respect to the device’s display specs.
The Galaxy Fold will have two display panels. The primary “Infinity Flex” panel measures 7.3 inches across and has a resolution of 2152x1535. The panel will bend in the middle, allowing for a more compact form-factor when folded closed. There will also be a secondary panel on the outside of the device that measures 4.58 inches (840x1960). This panel will be used to present information when the primary display is closed.
We should note that Samsung isn’t the only smartphone OEM looking to release a folding smartphone this year. Xiaomi teased its “double folding” smartphone prototype which uses a “four-wheel drive folding shaft” late last month in a video. Current internal favorites with regards to a name for the device include Xiaomi Dual Flex and Xiaomi MIX Flex.
Not to be left out, Huawei is set to unveil a folding 5G smartphone on February 24th at MWC 2019. The smartphone will be powered by Huawei’s 7nm Kirin 980 SoC and will use the Balong 5000 5G modem. There’s also the likely possibility that Motorola will dust off its RAZR branding with a new folding smartphone this year based on leaked patent drawings.
One company that isn’t going to dip its toes in the folding smartphone waters – at least not anytime soon – is LG. “We have reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching 5G smartphone but decided not to produce it," said LG President Kwon Bong-Suk. "Considering this situation, it is too early for LG to launch a foldable smartphone. In terms of technology, we are fully ready to respond depending on consumers' reactions [to foldable smartphones].”