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Triple folding phones? Samsung says ‘Yes, it is possible’

Triple folding phones? Samsung says ‘Yes, it is possible’”

Samsung formally revealed its second-ever foldable phone yesterday, the Galaxy Z Flip.

In many ways a dual-hinge, Z-shaped smartphone is the ideal form factor, delivering an exceptionally large screen which nevertheless allows the device to fold into a standard smartphone shape, with a large front-facing screen (unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold for example, which only has a tiny screen on the outside) while still having a protective casing at the back, leaving the fragile screen no more exposed to damage than current handsets. When flipped open, the base of the phone doubles as a tripod. In the space of a few months, Samsung has shrunk both the size and price of the US$1,980 Galaxy Fold into a compact square device, and it's decided the foldable category has earned a distinct division in its phone portfolio.

"Foldables are expensive and very hard to manufacture".

Limited foldable display productivity and capacity will constrain Samsung's ability to boost the foldable phone production sharply, industry officials and analysts say.

Models present Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Z Fold (front, R) and Galaxy S20 smartphones at a store in Seoul on February 12, 2020.

In addition to mobile, the partnership expands to better protect Samsung PCs and laptops users, where it matters. This suggests that there is a market for flexible smartphones, at least from the manufacturer's point of view.

Research firm TrendForce forecasts global smartphone production will decrease by 12% in the first quarter to a five-year low but cut its production estimate for Samsung by just 3%.



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