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Samsung's foldable phone will give new meaning to 'phablet'

Samsung's foldable phone is set for a reveal as soon as next month, but what do we know about its form factor?

Published onOctober 12, 2018

The Samsung logo.
  • Samsung’s DJ Koh has revealed more details about its upcoming foldable phone.
  • The device can be used as a tablet, before being folded into a smartphone.
  • Koh adds the device would see a global release and wouldn’t be a “gimmick product.”

Samsung has been working on foldable phones for years now, and it looks like we’re finally going to get a finished product in the next few months. What should we expect from this device though? Well, Samsung mobile unit CEO DJ Koh has shed light on the form factor.

The executive told CNET that the upcoming device can be used as a tablet, before being folded up into a pocket-friendly smartphone. Koh said Samsung’s foldable phone has to be “really meaningful” to customers, adding that it won’t be a “gimmick product.”

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The Samsung executive also said the foldable device would be a global release rather than a region-specific product. So chances seem good that you’ll be able to get your hands on it when it eventually launches.

“Possibly when we start selling the foldable phone, it may be a niche market, but definitely, it will expand,” Koh reportedly said. “I’m positive that we do need a foldable phone.”

When to expect it?

As for a possible release date, Koh previously said the phone could be unveiled as soon as November, at Samsung’s developer conference.

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The South Korean firm isn’t the only company gunning to launch a foldable device, as HUAWEI is reportedly hoping to beat Samsung to the punch. LG has also confirmed plans for a foldable smartphone but claims it isn’t focused on being first to market. Other companies tipped to join the foldable race include Xiaomi, OPPO, and Motorola.

Would you buy a phone that folds out into a tablet? Sound off in the comments!

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