Samsung Galaxy Note 10 bends over in these stunning renderings
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be the first foldable smartphone to arrive in the UK when it goes on sale on May 3, but it looks like Samsung could turn one of its flagship smartphone lines into a foldable model as well. At least if these renderings are about the money.
They show the Galaxy Note 10 with a foldable screen. However, unlike the Galaxy Fold, the screen has two hinges, letting it fold out on either side. That would give it more screen size options, as you could bend a hinge to make the screen bigger, or both to oversize it.
A similar mechanism was observed on the next Xiaomi mi pli.
These renderings are courtesy of the Dutch blog LetsGoDigital. They’re apparently based on a collection of Samsung patents for foldables that the blog has collected over the years.
Will Samsung give its flagship line such a drastic overhaul? It sounds like a long shot. The Galaxy Note range essentially invented the phablet range, halfway between a large screen and a small tablet. While its size was laughed at back then, all flagship phones are now a similar size.
It would seem risky for Samsung to make such a big change to a top-selling device. Although new and exciting, foldable devices have yet to prove themselves to consumers. That hasn’t stopped Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and many more from making their own foldable devices.
Indeed, Huawei believes half of all its smartphones could be foldable by 2021.
However, we have been here before. It wasn’t that long ago that modular devices like the Motorola Project Ara were said to be the future of smartphones. But they came and went without disturbing the pockets of the punters.
With foldables slated to hit store shelves next month, we should know before too long whether they’re a hit or a flash in the pan. The Samsung Galaxy Fold goes on sale May 3, and pre-orders begin April 26. EE is the exclusive network partner, but you can also buy it in the Samsung Experience Stores and the Samsung online store.
It will cost £ 1,799 and come with the True Galaxy Buds Wireless Earphones and a protective Kevlar case.