The Samsung Galaxy Fold has been divisive since its launch last month, with some people finding it a smart solution to the folding challenge and others bemoaning its large front bezels and small primary screen.
Samsung's first foldable device has finally been announced for real. It isn't the Galaxy X, F or even Flex. We've just been introduce to the rather practically-named Galaxy Fold.Read more
Now it seems the company isn’t stopping at just one foldable design – according to Bloomberg, it has another two on the way. So if the Galaxy Fold didn’t float your boat, one of the two new ones just might.
If you were one of the people who preferred Huawei’s outward-folding Mate X, you’ll be pleased to hear Samsung is also making a phone that folds that way too. Huawei shouldn’t be too bothered though, considering they were recently encouraging other brands to copy their design.
The other new Samsung foldable is apparently a clamshell, which isn’t a word we hear a lot in smartphone design these days – but we did hear it very recently when discussing Motorola’s plans for a potential new Razr phone.
While the Galaxy Fold will launch in early April, the clamshell won’t be out until either late this year or early next. The Mate X-alike will come even later.
After that, we can apparently expect to see rollable and stretchable screens from Samsung on future devices.
In the meantime, the company is trying to perfect the Galaxy Fold’s bendy display. Says Bloomberg:
“They’re trying to eliminate a crease that appears on the panel after it’s been folded about 10,000 times, and Samsung is considering offering free screen replacements after releasing the product, one of the people said.
The Galaxy Fold’s screen imperfection develops on a protective film covering the touch sensor bonded with the display underneath, the person said. That’s one reason why Samsung kept the phone inside a glass case at MWC in Barcelona last month.”
That fact will surely put some people off dropping £1800+ on Samsung’s first foldable — no one wants a phone with a creased screen.
If you’re still undecided as to which foldable is for you, consider the Lego Fold – just $110, and never needs recharging. Bargain.
This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.