Shortly after Royole presented the first foldable smartphone, the FlexPai, at the end of 2018, market leader Samsung also launched its first foldable mobile phone. The South Korean manufacturer is now heading for the third generation of its Z series, which currently includes the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip. But according to information from Nikkei Asia these are not supposed to be the only folding phones that Samsung wants to introduce in 2021. Another device is to round off the Z series. One that folds twice.
Foldable smartphones: the next evolutionary step
Samsung patents for a double-fold smartphone appeared in 2019. So far, however, this has not resulted in a marketable product. Now this could change in the near future, because according to information that Nikkei Asia Samsung wants to have received such a device from three different sources as early as the end of 2021.
Why a double folding cell phone?
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is often compared to a tablet when it is opened. But the screen diagonal actually increases “only” from 6.2 to 7.6 inches. With a double folding mechanism, however, the final display size could be significantly larger. In addition, Samsung wants to be loud Nikkei Asia revert to the “normal” format of 16: 9 or 18: 9. That would make the new smartphone much more app-friendly, because developers are currently being forced to adapt to the 25: 9 format of the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Another advantage of the new technology would be that Samsung would secure its folding series in this way against the roll-out cell phones that are currently in the starting blocks. Just recently, Oppo presented the Oppo X 2021, a functional concept mobile phone that lacks the crucial weakness of the folding device, a clearly visible fold in the middle of the smartphone. However, such devices are unlikely to be rolled out to tablet size, at least in the coming years.
The price of the double folding smartphone from Samsung is not yet known. However, the device will probably not be cheap, because the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G already cost a whopping 1,949 euros when it was launched in September 2020. Samsung, on the other hand, is apparently planning to align sales of its Z devices with those of its earlier Note series. And for this, the sales price must also become more suitable for the masses. A price reduction would therefore also be possible, although it should not be too high in any case.