While Samsung’s 10th-anniversary Galaxy S10 is starting to look very special indeed, the company has been heavily promoting an even more radical game-changer. But a new report makes me question if it is fast becoming vapourware…
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Popular UK tech site T3 delivers the bad news, revealing Samsung’s folding Galaxy F “has been pushed back, yet again”.
T3 says this means Samsung will not meet its well-publicised plans to unveil the Galaxy F at its San Francisco developer conference in November. In particular, this would be a bitter pill for Samsung Mobile Division CEO DJ Koh to swallow as speaking to CNBC last month about the Galaxy F he claimed: “It’s time to deliver”.
If correct, the development is also just the latest in a series of delays the Galaxy F has suffered. Back in 2017, Samsung promised the phone would launch in early 2018, that was then bumped to late 2018 and now 2019 appears to be the target.
It is also noticeable that Samsung’s own ambitions for the handset seem to be shrinking after supplier leaks recently revealed mass production of this first generation model is now highly unlikely.
So is the Galaxy F vapourware?
While my doubts are growing, I think not. In August, Koh admitted Samsung “didn’t want to lose the world’s first title” that launching the screen folding smartphone would deliver. That said, we’re clearly no longer talking about a mass market consumer device and the expected asking price is jaw-dropping.
Consequently, while the Galaxy F (potentially) still represents the long-term future of smartphones, it is the Galaxy S10 where you should focus your interest. We already know the 10th generation device will have slimmer bezels, an ’ultrasonic’ in-display reader, triple rear cameras, gradient colors and a 5G option.
Furthermore, given the Galaxy S10 is launching in early 2019, it now looks like this celebratory model will beat the Galaxy F to market…
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