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Samsung's much-hyped foldable smartphone delayed again

By Cal Jeffrey · 9 replies
Oct 8, 2018
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  1. Last summer, we reported that Samsung’s Galaxy X (aka Galaxy F) would not be hitting the market probably until 2019 based on information coming from investment firms. However, in September, Samsung CEO DJ Koh hinted that the company’s upcoming foldable phone would be launching in November at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.

    “It's time to deliver,” said Koh told CNBC.

    Now it would seem that the Samsung's foldable is not even ready for unveiling in November, let alone release. According to UK-based tech site T3, Samsung is walking back its claim of a 2018 launch. It is now looking at “early 2019.” This more realistic release date jives with what we have been reporting for months now.

    Reasons for the delay are unclear. Forbes reported last month that leaks from suppliers seemed to indicate that mass production of the first generation of the Galaxy F would not be occurring this year. However, Koh admitted back in August that the company is committed to keeping the title of “world’s first” folding smartphone.

    Just because the phone will not be making an appearance at the Developer Conference, does not mean that we will not see a tease for the device. Samsung is likely ready to go with specs and features and may still deliver a glimpse of what to expect, but that’s just speculation at this point as there is no official word whether the company is ready for a reveal or not.

    The only thing that seems certain at this point is that the Galaxy F will be expensive and possibly a limited run. No official information on an MSRP has been leaked, but we pegged the price to be right around $1,800. If you are dying for one, it looks like you have at least a few more months to save.

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  2. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +491

    $1,800? Sounds like the technology is not there yet. Just because something is doable does not mean it's ready for mass production. Not like Android users are as price-gullible as Apple users :)
    p51d007 and thews86 like this.
  3. Clamyboy74

    Clamyboy74 TS Member Posts: 24   +16

    Can we get an F in chat everyone
  4. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 382   +409

    My only concern is how well the foldable screen holds up in sub-freezing weather. At what temperature is it no longer flexible and will crack? How many open and close cycles will it withstand at various temperatures? That's information that I have to know before considering this otherwise awesome looking device.
    onestepforward likes this.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I wanted transparent cell phone and now we just not getting it. Almost 2020 still that tech is way beyond. Bending cell phone is darn expensive though. Cost usually $800.
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,964   +1,229

    Nope! I don't care how trendy & stylish is is. I wouldn't pay over $500 for ANY smartphone.
    Just not worth it to me. Maybe you, but not me.
  7. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 308   +95

    It seems like the X (F) screen is not yielding to a large number of intended folds. For this reason Samsung may convert to a two-screen device versus a foldable one...
  8. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    And just because something isn't affordable doesn't mean it shouldn't be pursued.
  9. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    Then don't buy it.
  10. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    Bending cell phones usually cost $800? Are you an expert on bending phones technology and economics?

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