Samsung's foldable Galaxy can be yours for a price close to US$2,000
Samsung revealed its Infinity Flex display recently that had the tech world sit up and take notice. However, with flagship smartphone prices breaching the US$1,000 mark, one question that has been lingering on everyone's mind is, how much would such a phone eventually cost? We did report earlier that Samsung's foldable adventure will cost up to US$2,000 and it looks like several other South Korean analysts are now confirming the same.
The Korea Times quotes Kim Jang-yeol, head of research at Golden Bridge Investment, who expects that the foldable Galaxy phone would cost about 2 million Koreaon won or approximately US$1,770 without carrier subsidies. Park Hyung-woo, an analyst at Shinhan Financial, said that parts suppliers and sub-contractors will be delivering their supplies to Samsung Electronics' handset division this month and the company is aiming for a launch sometime early next year. He also said that Samsung will be demonstrating a prototype device to major US and European carriers in private meetings during CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
While Samsung did confirm that they were on track to develop a smartphone with a 'true foldable display', it declined to comment on any other features or specifications. However, with competition from Chinese OEMs such as Huawei looming large, Samsung is bullish not to let the tag of 'world's first foldable phone' slip away. That said, we have seen working foldable designs such as Royole's FlexPai smartphone, which by the way maxes out at US$1,863, beating out giants such such as Huawei, LG, and Samsung in the foldable phone race.
Apart from a few specifications, details about Samsung's Infinity Flex display such as the type of folds and other possible screen sizes are still not known. We'll have to wait and see if Samsung can indeed deliver a product worth this price and more importantly, convince users to adopt this form factor.