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Samsung Already Plans To Launch 2 More Foldable Phones After The Galaxy Fold

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Samsung is already working on two more foldable phones to release sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.

These new flexible devices are set to follow the Galaxy Fold, which was officially unveiled not too long ago at the company's Unpacked Event.

Foldable Galaxy Phones

Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg reports that Samsung has a "clamshell-like device" and another that folds outward, similar to Huawei's Mate X.

The former will likely have a form factor in the same vein as old flip phones or its W series, but instead of physical keys on one half, it'll be all screen. It's said to have a display on the outside, but depending on user feedback on the Galaxy Fold, which also has an outer screen, it could be removed in the final product.

On a related note, Motorola filed patents of a foldable phone that's reminiscent of its RAZR branding, and Samsung's "vertically folding phone" could turn out to be something along those lines.

Meanwhile, the latter device is believed to have a screen that wraps around the device. According to Bloomberg, there's already an existing prototype of it, and it was apparently considered to be the company's first foldable phone. It's expected to be thinner than the Galaxy Fold in phone mode because it only needs one screen, after all.

The clamshell foldable is said to launch first, with the outward folding one to roll out soon after it. Also, these devices could also have an under-display fingerprint sensor, just like the one on the Galaxy S10.

As for the Galaxy Fold, Bloomberg's source says that Samsung is improving its durability. From the look of things, a crease appears after it's folded 10,000 times. They also mention that the South Korean brand plans on providing free screen replacements to buyers should the display prove to be a problem, which could make the device appealing to more people despite its $1,980 price tag.

The Foldable Phone Race

Based on the 2019 Mobile World Congress, foldable is being cemented as the future of smartphones, with Samsung and Huawei leading the pack.

Motorola has already confirmed its plans to launch such a device as well. The same goes for Honor too, eyeing a 2020 release date. Oppo also is also working on something like the Mate X.

The glassmaker Corning is even hard at work in creating a bendable glass that'll eventually make its way to these foldable phones, which at the moment uses plastic screens that can get scratched easily.

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