Samsung Galaxy F: Everything We Know About the Samsung Folding Phone

Samsung Galaxy F: Everything We Know About the Samsung Folding Phone

The Samsung Folding Phone, most likely called the Samsung Galaxy F, will be unveiled on February 20. Here's what we know so far about Samsung's forthcoming flagship.

We're getting close to Samsung's Unpacked Event on Feb. 20, and this year is sure to have at least one major surprise. In addition to its upcoming lineup of Samsung Galaxy S10 handsets, the tech giant looks like it's also going launch its first folding smartphone.

Enter the Galaxy F

The future of mobile will unfold on February 20, 2019. #SamsungEvent pic.twitter.com/MHvwrt7Rf4

— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 11, 2019

The Samsung folding smartphone has been in the rumor mill for years, and during that time it has been linked to nearly a dozen different names. But as we get closer to its anticipated announcement, we're slowly whittling our way down.

At first nod, Samsung Galaxy Fold seems like the frontrunner since the company has incorporated the term "unfolds" into much of its early marketing. Dutch tech site Let's Go Digital also found a patent for the name filed by Samsung last year. That said, it also describes the chief function of the phone and Samsung Galaxy Fold is a bit of a mouthful.

Last year, the name Samsung Galaxy X also started making the rounds, though it was initially thought to be a gaming phone. In January 2019, Let's Go Digitalunearthed additional Samsung patents for a folding gaming phone. And while such a product may be in the pipeline, we don't believe Samsung's first folding smartphone will cater to what is a relatively small audience—especially when the company will reportedly market the handset to upwardly mobile men in their 40s.

Hello ,Galaxy F!

— ????? (@MMDDJ_) July 26, 2018

Right now, our bets are on Samsung Galaxy F. The name first appeared last summer when a Samsung tipster tweeted, "Hello , Galaxy F!" [sic] with no further explanation. Since then the name has continued to pop up, and it fits Samsung's typical naming convention and makes more sense than everything else we've heard so far.

Galaxy F Design and Display

Over the past few months, we've snagged a few glimpses of Samsung's folding flagship. First in November, when Samsung teased the device on its social media accounts just days before showing off a prototype at its annual developer conference. It made another appearance in early February when GizmoChina discovered a promo video on the Samsung Vietnam YouTube page that appears to have been published by accident.

In terms of overall design, details are still scarce. In the November reveal, Samsung camouflaged the phone with a special casing, and the February video showed it for mere seconds. That said, Let's Go Digital reviewed patents and production reports related to the device for months and created renders based on its findings.

Samsung Galaxy F: Everything We Know About the Samsung Folding Phone

The renders show a handset with a nearly bezel-less display that is very thin. One side appears to be slightly thicker than the other and is home to the phone's buttons and ports. Of course, this doesn't necessarily reflect the final design of the handset, though we believe it to be fairly accurate.

Samsung gave plenty of details about the phone's displays at its developer's conference last November. The new technology is called Infinity Flex Display and is the result of nearly a decade of research. The external display will reportedly measure 4.58 inches, while the interior display will come in at 7.3 inches when unfolded. Don't expect the phone to fold flat, however. According to The Investor, an executive who tried the phone out at CES reported that it will break if folded completely in half.

Galaxy F Specs

Samsung always packs its flagships with the latest hardware, and the Galaxy F will be no exception. The phone will reportedly sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip in most parts of the world, while South Korea will get an Exynos 9820 processor. There's also a chance the phone will feature a custom chipset, since Samsung began producing 7nm processors in late 2018. TechRadar reports the phone will have a whopping 12GB of RAM with 512GB and 1TB storage option variants.

It also looks like the Samsung Galaxy F will have multiple batteries to power its dual displays. GSMArena reports that phone will have two 3,100mAh batteries. Let's Go Digital, on the other hand, states the Galaxy F will have SDI polymer batteries with a capacity of at least 5,000mAh.

Galaxy F Launch, Release, and Pricing

Samsung rolls out "the future unfolds" banners across Paris in buildup to Galaxy Unpacked event https://t.co/HuTFgFqbpx pic.twitter.com/ZkzmUWEvCE

— The Verge (@verge) January 14, 2019

When should we expect to see Samsung's folding flagship? It's almost certain the phone will be announced at its Unpacked event on February 20. On February 11, Samsung released a teaser video stating, "The future of mobile tech will unfold on Feb. 20, 2019." The video comes on the heels of huge posters plastered to billboards at the Place de la Concorde in Paris with the phrases, "The future unfolds," and, "February twentieth," in Hangul.

There's no word on when the Samsung Galaxy F will hit store shelves just yet. CNET reports the phone will be available in March. Italian tech site Tutto Android states the phone will be available in late March or early April. Since it is rumored to be a limited-edition handset, availability may be limited to Samsung's website or through a single carrier.

The Galaxy F will likely be one of the most expensive phones ever released in the US. In December 2018, South Korean news site The Bell reported that Samsung is only producing a million handsets initially. It also states the phone will sell for approximately 2 million won (approx. $1,800), which falls in line with a prediction from Golden Bridge Investment that was first reported in The Korea Times.

PCMag will be at Samsung Unpacked launch event on February 20, so make sure to check back for full details on what it unveils. Until then, we'll be updating this story with the latest rumors as they come out.

Source: PCMag.com — Read: Original Article

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