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Samsung dashes hopes of a foldable Galaxy Note smartphone for this year

The foldable Galaxy Note might not appear until late 2019. (Source: Samsung)
The foldable Galaxy Note might not appear until late 2019. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's head of mobile has reneged on his promise to deliver a foldable Galaxy Note this year. Instead it may not now make an appearance until late 2019.
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After boldly stating that Samsung would deliver a foldable Galaxy Note smartphone in 2018, Samsung’s head of mobile Koh Dong-jin has now backtracked on his claim at CES. When initially making the announcement last year, Koh did acknowledge, though didn’t specify, that the company had yet to overcome certain hurdles. Koh has now revealed what the principal issue is; the company has yet to create a compelling user experience for the device and that this would now push its launch as far back as late 2019.

Samsung has been working on bendable and foldable smartphone display technology for the past decade and the planned foldable Galaxy Note was supposed to bring the futuristic vision of smartphone to life as a shipping product. Company insiders have revealed that production of the device had been tentatively scheduled for late in 2018, but it now looks as though this target might now also be missed as well.

A foldable smartphone could appeal to people who want a pocketable device that could be unfold to offer a user experience similar to that of a phablet. Although larger smartphones have grown in popularity, there are still plenty of customers opting for devices that can still fit into a pocket. The main problem with a foldable device is that it may not provide much utility unless opened. A second screen could help address this, but would only serve to increase the cost of what is fundamentally a niche product.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1201 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-01-10 (Update: 2018-01-10)