The Future of the Samsung Smartphone Unfolds, Literally

“Still there’s still no word on whether the folding phone is expected to support iris or fingerprint biometrics, as is common on the flagship Galaxy S-series devices.”

(Screenshot from the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference 2018 Opening Keynote previewing the company’s foldable phone)

On the heels of new leaks all but confirming an in-display fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S10, there’s more excitement brewing around a new potential entry to Samsung’s line of handsets: the foldable phone.

Shrouded in tantalizing mystery ever since it was teased at last summer’s Samsung Developer’s Conference, the tablet-sized device can be folded in half to resemble a wallet. Equipped with a screen known as the Infinity Flex Display this unique device is yet to be named, however, the speculative internet communities have dubbed it the ‘Galaxy Fold’ or ‘Galaxy X’.

Without an official release date, Samsung says one million units are set to launch in the first half of 2019 in “select markets”, with one report claiming the folding phone will support 5G. Still there’s still no word on whether the folding phone is expected to support iris or fingerprint biometrics, as is common on the flagship Galaxy S-series devices.

One thing we do know about the device is the dent it will put in your pocket. The Korea Times previously reported the device may sell for a retail price tag as high as 2 million won ($1,790 USD).

Samsung is expected to put all the rumors at ease about this eagerly anticipated device at its Unpacked 2019 event on Wednesday, February 20th at 11am PT in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The event marks the 10th anniversary for the company’s S-series line up and takes place just one week before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Sources: The Independent, TechRadar, The Korea Times