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Has Samsung's foldable phone made an appearance in this official video?

A leaked Samsung concept video has emerged online showing off what could be our first look at the company's folding phone device.

Published onFebruary 1, 2019

A leaked Samsung video has appeared online, giving us a taste of what’s in the company’s future. The video shows off several high-flying design concepts, including a glimpse of a foldable phone, which isn’t as futuristic as it may seem.

While the video, which appears via Slashleaks, looks like an official Samsung video, the futuristic devices that appear in it are likely only illustrations. Yes, we do see a Galaxy Note 9 and a Galaxy S9 Plus in there, but we also see a lot of bleeding-edge technology — a smartphone ultrasound scan and robotic tattooist aid among them. Not to mention whatever those Samsung-branded interactive mirrors are.

These kinds of development videos don’t necessarily show off what companies are working on, but rather the implications of what they are developing. We might not see factory-style robotic arms in tattoo parlors anytime soon, but tablets will continue to aid designers and artists in new and unique ways.

A tattoo artist drawing on a bezel-less tablet

With that out of the way, the folding phone seems to have a lot more in common with reality than some of the other tech on display (like that ultra-bezel-less tablet above). The outward folding device, seen up close at 0:24, features a front-facing screen and opens up into a tablet. This is essentially the same design we saw when Samsung showed off its folding prototype last year — though that device was housed in a case so we couldn’t see exactly what it looked like.

A woman holding a folding phone in front of a city at night.

While the final model, which we expect to see later this month on February 20, may look a bit different (the foldable in the video probably isn’t a real device), this may be as close as we’ve yet come to what it will actually look like.

I suspect the official model, rumored to be called the Galaxy F, won’t be quite as slim, would have a smaller front display, and would feature significantly larger bezels; like the other concepts in the video, this too has likely been exaggerated.

But still, in just a month or two, we could finally see folks walking the streets with devices very similar to that. What are your thoughts on the images? Are you ready for the folding future? Let me know in the comments.

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