Samsung has confirmed it will unveil the world's first foldable smartphone at its annual Developer Conference in November. The tech giant will also showcase a 10th Galaxy S device and a 5G-compatible handset.
Samsung boss confirms foldable phone coming this year
After declining smartphone sales in the first half of 2018, the Korean technology giant will look to steal the innovation high ground and reinvigorate the marketplace.In an interview with Channel NewsAsia on Monday (24 September), Samsung's president and CEO of IT and Mobile, Mr Koh Dong Jing, said the foldable phone will be "ready soon." The company later confirmed the device would be first viewed at the annual Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, 7-8 November.
What kind of foldable can we expect ?
"You can use the smartphone without unfolding it but when you unfold it to see something, it becomes like a tablet. But if they unfold it and it's the same as today's tablet, I don't believe that customers will love it."
Tenth Galaxy S will have "meaningful innovation"
The tenth device in Samsung's flagship 'S' range will be released in 2019, ten years after Samsung's first Galaxy phone, the i7500, which was the company's entry into the Android smartphone market.
Koh again stressed Samsung's commitment to innovation as he announced the Galaxy S10 will have "significant" design changes that are "meaningful" innovation, instead of "gimmicky features."
"Samsung has always emphasised relentless innovation but that should be meaningful to our end-consumers. The focus of the S10 is the same - to make customers happy - but it's the tenth anniversary, so how can we make it more meaningful or what would be more historical. When customers hold the S10, I'll like to hear comments like 'Wow, this is the 10-year anniversary product of Samsung."