In nearly per week, it’s mainly assured that Samsung will take the stage at Invoice Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and unveil 4 new merchandise: three Galaxy S10 fashions, together with a brand new “price range” mannequin, and the Galaxy F, higher often called the corporate’s first real-world, non-concept, you-can-touch-it folding cellphone.
In case there was any doubt about that final one, Samsung despatched out a teaser vid Monday with a thinly veiled reference to the fabled handset with curved, flowing textual content punctuated by the tagline, “The Future Unfolds.” Until Samsung is participating in some fairly epic trolling, that’s a reasonably large clue.
Technically, the February 20 Unpacked occasion gained’t be the primary unveiling of Samsung’s folding-screen know-how. At its developer’s convention in November, Samsung confirmed off one thing resembling a cellphone as a part of its Infinity Flex show announcement. The blink-and-you-missed-it reveal didn’t present a lot—and what it did present was closely obscured by a chunky case—but it surely was proof that Samsung was far sufficient together with folding OLED know-how to create a working prototype. It touched off the folding cellphone hype and has led to this second, the long-awaited folding cellphone reveal.
Since that glimpse of Samsung’s folding display, little-known cellphone maker Royole has truly beat everybody to market with its FlexPai folding cellphone. Out there on a restricted foundation, it showcases the problems with folding telephones greater than the rest. Mark Hachman / IDG
For one, the FlexPai doesn’t shut tight like a laptop computer. The middle hinge leaves a niche bigger sufficient for a pen. And since it folds outwardly with the display at all times exhibiting, there’s a excessive probability for breakage, battery drain, and orientation confusion. Quite a few movies on YouTube present the FlexPai getting confused when switching into pill mode, or exhibiting random flashes and stutters when bent. No matter Samsung is engaged on might want to increase the bar significantly. And when the Galaxy F makes its debut, it can immediately grow to be the gold normal for folding telephones.
However the query stays: What’s going to Samsung truly present us throughout Unpacked? Listed below are three prospects:
A full working prototype of the ultimate design
A completely working foldable cellphone is the Holy Grail, in fact. If Samsung exhibits off the Galaxy F in all its glory, the viewers will go wild. It’s been years because the Galaxy-loving crowd has had something actually thrilling to cheer about. A prolonged demo showcasing the design, options, and, in fact, foldability, of its new cellphone would put Samsung again on the map and present why it’s nonetheless forward of its opponents.
Odds: 10 to 1. I don’t count on Samsung is kind of prepared to point out off its folding cellphone but, so I believe we’ll get extra teases, some further specs, and a obscure delivery date of the second half of 2019.
A full demo of the brand new UI
Extra vital than how the Galaxy F seems to be is the way it works. We already obtained the smallest of glimpses of the brand new One UI in the course of the unique teaser vid, however to get folks actually amped up, we’re going to want a demo of it in motion: smartphone mode, pill mode, and, in fact, an entire lot of folding. What occurs while you’re engaged on the big display and fold it to the smaller one? What if you happen to get a cellphone name whereas on the pill and need to put it to your ear? There are a ton of questions in regards to the Galaxy F, and the way it works is on the prime of the listing.
Odds: four to 1. It’s a fairly secure guess that Samsung will demo one thing in regards to the folding cellphone, however I’m not satisfied that it is going to be an original-iPhone-style demo of every part.
An extended sneak peak
Do not forget that Samsung will already be unveiling three Galaxy S10 fashions throughout Unpacked, plus possibly new Galaxy Watches, so there won’t be an entire lot of time left for a prolonged demo of a brand-new product as vital as this one. Plus, the Galaxy F may very effectively nonetheless be going by means of design modifications, with Samsung planning a devoted folding cellphone occasion later within the 12 months. So it’s potential, even seemingly, that Unpacked will convey an extended have a look at Samsung’s foldable show tech; possibly exhibit a couple of apps switching from the smaller to the bigger screens; and supply a peek at a non-final cellphone design that can give an concept of the scale and performance of the delivery product—however depart plenty of room for enchancment.
Odds: Even. My cash’s on Samsung holding the Galaxy F near the vest, however leaving us wanting extra.