The SDC (Samsung Developer Conference) is taking place this Tuesday (29) in San Francisco: the Korean manufacturer announced that it is working on a foldable smartphone with a flip format, instead of the Galaxy Fold with vertical fold. Rumors say it will have a 6.7-inch foldable screen and will launch in 2020.
Samsung did not demonstrate the new phone, but released a video illustrating this concept: the device appears to have a traditional screen, but folds in half like the old Motorola Razr.
It will be possible to use the screen even when it is bent at a 90 degree angle, for example: the video shows the camera’s app interface adapting to this, separating the controls to pause and stop recording at the bottom.
“As promised at SDC last year, Samsung will continue to explore a number of new foldable device formats,” says the company in a statement. “And at SDC19, Samsung invited developers and users to join in exploring new and exciting use cases and user experiences.”
Samsung to launch new foldable phone in 2020
According to Bloomberg, Samsung will launch a flip phone with a 6.7-inch foldable screen in the first half of 2020. It would be thinner and cheaper than the $ 1,980 Galaxy Fold. There would also be a front camera centered at the top of the screen, and two cameras at the rear.
The troubled launch of the Galaxy Fold has not lessened Samsung’s excitement about folding phones. The initial version was “frighteningly fragile”, so the manufacturer made some design changes and started selling the device in the USA, South Korea and other countries.
The South Korean website ETNews says that Samsung sold 500 thousand units of the Galaxy Fold. It will be launched in China on November 8 for 14,999 yuan, or about R $ 8,500.