Samsung to launch foldable phones later this year; LG to follow suit

Samsung is expected to roll out a number of foldable smartphones in the third quarter of 2017, says a new report from Korea.

Samsung may decide on launching foldable smartphones after undergoing a personnel reshuffle in its mobile communications unit.

The fact that Samsung is working on foldable smartphone technology isn't new to us. Back in November, Samsung won a patent for a foldable smartphone display which lets users fold it to reduce the phone's size. The screen can be folded or semi-folded at various curve points depending upon how you want to view it. You can either fold it in half before putting it in your pocket, semi-fold it to place it on a table with the display sitting up like a laptop and the digital keyboard lying down or just fold it like a book while reading your e-books.

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Then in the same month, Sammobile reported that such a foldable phone would arrive in two variants, with one featuring a Snapdragon 620 processor while the other featuring the new Snapdragon 820 chip. Aside from the chips, the phone will arrive with 3GB of RAM, a non-removable battery and a MicroSD card slot in 2017. Another report from The Country Caller suggested that Samsung may launch two foldable phones in 2017. The report added that after Samsung lost billion of dollars this year following the Note 7 fiasco and eventual recall, the company is keen to recover the losses by launching foldable phones in limited quantities and corner a portion of the market before competitors can walk in.

A new report from Korea Herald now backs the previous two reports. Citing industry sources, the Herald now claims that while a final decision is yet to be taken, Samsung is poised to launch foldable smartphones in the third quarter of 2017, which is around the same time when the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 8. The foldable smartphones' panels will face outwards when folded and when unfolded, will function as 7-inch tablets.

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Apart from the foldable phone, Samsung is also reportedly set to launch a new flip phone which it will name the Galaxy Folder 2. Galaxy Folder 2 is slated to feature 8GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 1.4 GHz processor which puts it in a category of most budget phones in terms of performance. The phone may also feature 5-MP and 2-MP cameras, a 2,000 mAh battery, a MicroSD slot and may run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS one launched.

As per Korea Herald, LG has already started work on foldable display technology and as of now, its display technology is more advanced when compared to Samsung's. The report adds that instead of launching its own foldable smartphones, LG may use the technology for other clients like Apple and Huawei in the future.

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