10 January 2019
The Samsung's first foldable smartphone is in leaks and rumors from quite long. All rumors indicated that the first foldable phone will be from Samsung but the Chinese startup Royole took the stage to announce FlexPai as the first commercially available foldable phone. Samsung's folding phone is rumored to be announced as Galaxy F.
Samsung was rumored to initially produce 1 million units of Galaxy Fold or Galaxy F. As per the latest report from CGS-CIMB Group the foldable phone market will gain momentum in 2020. The report further suggests the next year we can expect 4 million units of foldable phones from different companies. The shipment figures are expected to go higher up to 39 million by the end of 2022. In terms of share of the smartphone market, next year foldable phones share will be modest 1.3% which will rise up to 9.2% in the next three years.
The Galaxy F is expected to go official in the Q1 2019 alongside the Galaxy S10 series with a delayed release. In terms of pricing, the Galaxy F will be one of the most expensive phones from Samsung with a price tag of $1800. However, the report also suggests the foldable phones average pricing will be around $1300 in 2020.
It was still in the dark what kind of battery cell Samsung will opt to power two displays. Interestingly the report suggests the Galaxy F will have two separate batteries to keep both the sides light on. The battery cells will be equivalent to 5,000mAh to 6,000mAh.
On the rear side, you will get dual cameras of 12MP. Up front, the selfie snapper will be 8MP. Under the hood, the US variant will have the Snapdragon 855 chipset whereas the global model will rely on the Samsung's own Exynos 9820 SoC. The top-tier model is expected with 8GB RAM and built-in storage of 128GB.
Apart from Samsung, LG and Huawei are also working on the foldable smartphone for the H1 2019. It will be an interesting battle of foldable phones in 2019. Do share your thoughts regarding which company's foldable phone you are waiting in 2019? Stay tuned.