SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) – Samsung Electronics on Wednesday (November 7th) unveiled its expected switching phone at a San Francisco Developer Conference, inviting Android developers to start writing product applications.
The South Korean electronic giant has also launched a new flexible mobile display technology for its foldable phones, called infiniti flek displai, and said it is working with Google for development.
Foldable phones have the promise to enable consumers to make a more complex job than they usually do on a tablet or laptop, but with a device that gets much more compact.
The goal of Wednesday's event in Samsung is to collect critical feedback as new technologies will require developers to lift applications to make sure they smoothly work when the phone is switched to the tablet form.
The South Korean technology giant is among the handful of companies that have indicated they will soon be available on the market.
While Mom was right up until now, analysts expect the launch date in the first half of 2019 – later Samsung would risk the new Apple phones stealing a thunderbolt.
Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, confirmed this timeline at a Google conference that is held separately in California.
"It's an exciting concept and we expect to see the assembly of products from several Android manufacturers," he said.
"In fact, we are already working with Samsung on a new device that plans to start early next year."
Chinese company Huavei Technologies also said that it plans to launch a 5G smartphone with foldable screen in mid-2019.
However, Samsung and Huawei have been marketed on the market by Roiole, a China-launched display that launched the 7.8-inch foldable phone last week at a price of around $ 1,300 ($ 1,700). Royole said he would start completing orders at the end of December, although little is known about the projected sales of the company.
High-priced tags are expected to prevent phone calls from hitting hits, and some analysts suspect that there is a huge appetite for such products.
Samsung did not provide details on the prices of its new phone on Wednesday.
The company needs to get a switching phone right – hoping to reverse the sharp decline in profits for its mobile division and bring back some premiums that its brand lost from Apple Inc.
The earlier look for developers also highlights a new degree of caution in product planning after the expensive withdrawal of Galaxy Note 7 in 2016.