The Samsung Galaxy X was all set to be Samsung’s (and the market’s) first ever foldable smartphone.
But this turned out to not be the case; nope, the Galaxy X is apparently now going to be a gaming device.
Perhaps the start of an entirely new line of gaming-focussed handsets from Samsung.
What does this mean? Simple: In 2019 we’ll see Samsung add at least two new phone lines into the mix – the Galaxy X and the Galaxy F.
How this will jazz with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note remains to be seen, but all roads lead to at least two new phone lines.
And both are gonna be VERY expensive (more on that in a bit though).
In an interesting twist, Korean publication ETNews reports that Samsung’s chief DJ Koh, who spoke at an investor conference, has implied that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 (which he confirmed will remain separate lines in 2019) won’t be the most premium models the firm will launch in the year.
He also mentioned Samsung’s plans for the first 5G phone, which may or may not be the Galaxy S10. He said the first 5G phone would arrive in March – which would be roughly the Galaxy S flagships usual slot.
Tantalisingly, Koh also hinted that the flexible folding OLED phone, now rumoured as the Galaxy F, is undergoing final preparations ahead of announcement. That could indicate a somewhat early Q1 2019 release, which would line up with some previous rumours.
He added that contrary to earlier reports, Samsung is not interested in beating other OEMs (Huawei) to the punch on the folding form factor, but instead wants to offer something really polished and beneficial for the consumer, rather than just a gimmick.
Samsung Galaxy F NOT Galaxy X Will Be Foldable OLED Phone
With the recent revelation that the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy X isn’t going to be the long-rumored folding and flexible OLED phone, but instead a phone which focuses on gaming, many have been left scratching their heads about what’s going on.
According to new information, the Samsung folding and flexible OLED phone is still happening, but it’ll launch under a different name; the Samsung Galaxy F.
The word comes via reliable Twitter tipster @MMDDJ_ who as well as stating the name change, reiterates that, as per the previous rumours, the handset should launch inside 2019.
“Foldable phones pose several manufacturing issues that could lead to an increased thickness compared to a regular phone,” notes BGR.
It added: “A foldable phone has a much bigger display, which means it’ll eat up a lot more energy. That means the handset should pack a battery big enough to deliver a decent life. But because the screen needs to fold, and other internal components might also need to be flexible, not all the extra internal space will be available for battery cells.”
In addition to this, sources claim the stress tests of the Galaxy F have revealed that it can handle 20,000+ folds, which is the eqivilant of 55 times a day for an entire year.
The handset, once folded, will also be no thicker than the iPhone 7 – and that is kind of impressive.
Samsung Galaxy F Price – WAY MORE Expensive Than Galaxy S10!
How much will this foldable beast set you back? Quite a lot, as it goes – and when I say, a lot, I really do mean A LOT.
The idea, at least according to the rumors, seems to be for the Galaxy F to replace the Galaxy S10 as Samsung’s flagship, while the Galaxy X will exist as its own, gaming device.
The source also added the handset would be “Super High” in terms of its position in Samsung’s range, possibly even being more premium than the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships – which are also rumored to be up for a possible merger into one line.
Earlier reports have suggested the Samsung folding phone could be priced as high as $1,850, so this would sit with a “Super High” phone that ranks above the current $800-$1,000+ flagship brands.
Now there’s another tip-off which throws more fuel on this pricey Galaxy F fire.
According to Korean source, The Investor, Samsung’s price point of around $1,800 could see it being TWICE as expensive as its nearest rivals.
The revelation comes with news that Xiaomi, Huawei, and Oppo are all in a mad dash to beat Samsung to market with folding designs that not only arrive first, but are also much cheaper, to around the tune of $900, the report says.
Korean sources say that scouts from the three Chinese firms have been spotted in the region attempting to find suppliers of folding OLED tech, with LG and Samsung being much further along in folding OLED development than anyone else.
Chinese brand BOE does produce some folding displays, however, but they are likely not going to be as advanced as those produced in Korea, where Samsung and LG have been developing the technology for nearly a decade.
“Samsung is taking exceptionally great care about the phone launch that has already been delayed several times. The firm also doesn’t want to hand over the ‘world’s first title’ to its Chinese rivals,” the report said.
The next logical question is this: would ANYONE pay almost $2000 for a Samsung phone?
I know I wouldn’t…
Not unless it could make my drinks, do my taxes, and also drive me around.
Apple’s iPhone X, for me, and for most average punters, is just about as expensive as a phone could be – any more is just stupid.
I mean, for that money, you could get yourself a brand new, high-end laptop of OLED TV, and you wouldn’t need to replace either of those after a couple of years.