Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Samsung thinks you'll love folding phones so much it's planning two more

Samsung thinks you'll love folding phones so much it's planning two more

Rumor mill: We're still a month away from the official launch of the Galaxy Fold, but Samsung is reportedly planning to release two more foldable phones in the near future.

The device with the outward folding design was originally competing with the Fold to be the first to debut before Samsung made a decision to go with the inward folding approach.

A fresh report from Bloomberg says that Samsung is working on a flip phone with a display that folds inwards from top to bottom.

With a display decision of 2,480 x 1,148 pixels, the smartphone has a 19:5:9 side ratio which additionally makes it a bezel-much less smartphone.

After a comprehensive evaluation process, DisplayMate Technologies has deemed the Galaxy S10's display "the most color accurate display that we have ever tested, [and] nearly certainly considerably better than your existing smartphone, 4K UHD TV, tablet, laptop, and computer monitor".

The outlet, citing people familiar with the South Korean OEM's plans, stated Samsung is developing a "clamshell-like device" and another that "folds away from the user similar to Huawei Technologies Co.'s Mate X". Interestingly, Samsung is even considering offering free screen replacements to users due to this issue. The Galaxy S10 also comes with "automatic colour management that automatically switches to the proper colour gamut for any displayed image content that has an ICC Profile within the OLED wide colour space, so images automatically appear with the correct colours, neither over-saturated nor under-saturated".

It is also worth mentioning that the press has already noticed an unsightly crease towards the middle of the display on presumably a brand new unit of the Galaxy Fold that was demoed by Samsung at its Unpacked event. The device could have an extra screen on the outside but Samsung will decide on this depending on customers' reaction with the Galaxy Fold.

The imperfection develops on a protective film that covers the touch sensor bonded with the display underneath, according to the report.

Following the release of this clamshell-style device, Samsung will unveil another foldable.

All in all, TechInsights estimates that it takes about $420 for Samsung to manufacture one unit of the Galaxy S10 Plus.

The Galaxy S10 starts at Rs 66,900 for the 128GB version, while the 512GB variant costs Rs 84,900.

IFixit also noted that the industry-first, in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor becomes "in-screen" via glue, and that if you need to fix it, you'll probably have to get the whole screen replaced.

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