Samsung’s very own smartphone with a foldable display is soon to become a reality. As we get closer to its announcement, more and more leaks are popping up on the interwebs about the futuristic looking phone.
Last we heard about it, Samsung was planning to announce the phone at their developers conference, due later this month.
According to the latest leak, Samsung will call the it Galaxy F (probably “foldable”). It will not be launched this year, and will only be officially announced at the previously mentioned conference.
The phone will have a model number of SM-F900U which is similar to the Galaxy S-series. The leak also says that pre-production units of the Galaxy F have already been tested in the US, under a software build of F900USQU0ARJ5.
The Galaxy F will run a unique version of Android, developed in collaboration with Google. A foldable display presents new challenges with more room for creativity, which is why it makes sense to develop a custom UI for the phone.
More model numbers for the foldable phone were also shared, SM-F900F and SM-F900N, hinting towards a possible launch in Europe and Asia. If true, this could mean that Samsung might be launching the Galaxy F globally.
Concept Renders and Specifications
Leaked specifications mention a 7″ display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and a 1440 x 3360 resolution. It won’t fold flat on one side, instead, it will have a gap in the middle (and a sizeable one if the concept renders are on point). Here’s what it might look like.
This is only a concept render based on the patents filed by Samsung, the final version could end being different from these.
Note that Samsung isn’t the first company to launch a smartphone with a foldable display. That achievement goes to Royole, a Chinese company that has already launched its foldable phone in China (currently up for pre-orders).
Of course, being the first doesn’t mean anything if Samsung’s idea ends up being more practical and usable. Nevertheless, it’s going to be an exciting November with something cool to look forward to.