Sketchy rumour says Samsung has four new foldables in the pipeline; Galaxy S Premium rumoured to replace the S Plus variant
Samsung Display has been flexing all kinds of futuristic-looking tech after TCL and LG demonstrated their tri-folding tablets in 2020. While there is still no word about when they will be launched commercially, Twitter leaker RGCloudS opines it shouldn't be too long. Samsung plans to trim its mid-range offerings and throw in an entirely new line of affordable smartphones.
The leaker says Samsung has four new foldables lined up for launch post-2024. Samsung plans to split the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip lineup into two segments: one standard and one Ultra variant. The regular Galaxy Z Fold will supposedly feature a QHD screen from BOE, while the Galaxy Z Fold Ultra will use an in-house 4K screen. Similarly, the Galaxy Z Flip will use an FHD BOE screen and the Galaxy Z Flip Ultra, a QHD Samsung Display panel. Therefore, the non-Ultra foldables could likely be referring to the affordable "Galaxy A" foldable hinted at earlier.
Things become interesting with the following two SKUs- the Galaxy Z Flex and Galaxy Z Tab. The former is a tri-folding tablet Samsung showed off last year. Unfortunately, there is no information about the Galaxy Z Tab. Neither product is expected to launch anytime soon, and they are expected to pack a display with 2,000 nits peak brightness. They will supposedly be designed by former Chief Design Officer of Mercedes-Benz China Hubert Lee, who recently joined Samsung's newly-formed MX (mobile experience) division.
RGCloudS says many mid-range Galaxy A phones will be axed and replaced with a new Galaxy K series, which will be like the Galaxy J series of the yesteryears. Lastly, the middle-of-the-pack "Plus" offering will be axed from the Galaxy S series at some point. Instead, Samsung will up the ante with an "Premium" version, resulting in future lineups consisting of a base Galaxy S phone, a Galaxy S Ultra variant and a Galaxy S Premium.
As always, the above information is a rumour and should be treated as such until more sources chime in. Unfortunately, some may never see the light of day anytime soon, while others could get axed outright. Another leaker, OreXDA, is sceptical because Samsung is yet to enter any agreement with BOE. Realistically speaking, the only products likely to hit shelves in 2023 are the Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy Z Flip5 and Galaxy Tab S9 series.