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Samsung could debut ‘double-folding’ smartphone in 2021


Whereas Samsung is skipping its Galaxy Be aware sequence this yr because of the chip scarcity, the corporate is outwardly going to closely guess on foldables, with its 2021 plans together with a brand new Galaxy Z Fold, a brand new Z Flip, and a double-folding machine.

Nikkei Asia reports that Samsung has these three gadgets in its lineup for 2021. It was all however sure that Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2 (or 3) would make their respective releases in the course of the calendar yr, however this newest report provides extra credence to earlier rumors.

Most notably, although, is the reveal that Samsung is outwardly engaged on a “double-folding” smartphone. Whereas most particulars relating to the machine aren’t talked about, Nikkei claims that it might see a launch date as quickly as later this yr. Apparently, a objective of the brand new design is to have the totally unfolded show hit a side ratio of 16:9 or 18:9 to keep away from the scaling issues present on the current Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Samsung has patented some designs of double-folding smartphones earlier than, together with one which surfaced in late 2020. That design noticed a large machine with two “panels” that would fold out from the edges, increasing the dimensions of the general canvas or fold all the best way round to the again. One speculated utility of the design was to make use of one of many two smaller panels as a keyboard with the remainder of the show displaying the content material, presumably positioning the brand new type issue as one for productiveness. That patent was first created in 2018, so it’s solely doable that Samsung might have it prepared, as least in smaller portions, by the top of this yr.

Past that, this report additionally claims that Samsung is seeking to increase manufacturing and gross sales targets for foldables in 2021, presumably to match what the Galaxy Be aware sequence would have bought. One supply claimed, contradictory to Samsung’s previous statement, that the choice to skip the Be aware this yr was “just about determined” in 2020.

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David Haney
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