Samsung Preparing to Launch its First 5G Foldable-Screen Smartphone

Joshua Bennett
October 29, 2018

That's because a Bloomberg report that ran early on Friday reveals more details about Samsung next-generation flagship phones, including the Galaxy S10 flagship and the company's first handset ever to have a foldable OLED display. According to Bloomberg, Samsung is said to be in talks with United States mobile retailer, Verizon Communications to unveil Galaxy S10 with a fifth-generation wireless chipset in the US.

While the cheaper variant of the phone will be missing some of the bells and whistles of the more costly variants, those with deeper pockets can look forward to an in-screen fingerprint sensor and a new camera module that will apparently be hidden beneath the display while still remaining visible. As it turns out, Samsung may be taking a page out of Apple's book in launching a grand total of three models for the Galaxy S10.

The standard S10, codenamed "Beyond", features an OLED screen curved on both sides, round-shaped corners and nearly no bezel at the top and bottom, the people said. "Beyond" will be about the same size as the 5.8-inch S9. Samsung is debating between two prototypes in the final stretch: one longer horizontally and the other vertically when unfolded, while both open from side and side. We may also see a triple camera setup on the back of the Galaxy S10, which definitely seems to be the direction Android manufacturers are moving in.

Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung will be next to introduce this feature in their Galaxy S10.

Some potential bad news if you've been sticking with Samsung because of the company's decision to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Bloomberg said Samsung's foldable phone is now being developed under a secretive codename called 'Winner, ' which is line with previous reports that made the same claim. The foldable device is code-named "Winner", Bloomberg reports. The company's designers are reportedly leaning toward the taller portrait model so it's easier to hold in one hand.

Generally speaking, the phone will resemble the device that was presented in a concept video that was published by Samsung in 2014.

Another flip phone-era convenience is a 4-inch screen outside to let owners check their emails and texts. Samsung also plans a bigger "plus" version for next year.

Samsung's folding "Galaxy X" is one of the industry's worst-kept secrets. The prototype design could be similar to Motorola Razr phone with the screen opening with a snap.

In an interesting tidbit, it's being reported here that Samsung has worked closely with Google to develop some sort of special version of Android for the phone.

The hole may house the front camera, proximity sensors other related sensors and may thus come with a high screen to body ratio with ultra-thin bezel display.

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