Samsung is making a phone that folds… twice

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Apparently, it’s not enough for a phone to fold once. Samsung plans to add a third foldable phone to its lineup this year – one that has two flaps in its display, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia.

The phone will apparently live alongside the existing Fold and Flip series, rather than replace one of them. According to the report, the purpose of the triptych’s design is to allow for a more mainstream 16: 9 or 2: 1 aspect ratio (sometimes unnecessarily referred to as 18: 9) when the device is unfolded. The existing Galaxy Fold has an aspect ratio of 4: 3 when unfolded, while the Galaxy Flip is 21: 9.

The more mainstream aspect ratio would suit the plethora of 16: 9 movies and TV shows better, while 2: 1 has quickly grown in popularity in recent years, often seen with original Netflix content. It would also be easier for apps and games to adapt to the more traditional aspect ratio. It should be noted, however, that Samsung is not the first to have imagined this three-part design; TCL can claim information on the concept, although that phone is yet to go on sale.

It’s hard to understand why exactly Samsung would need Three Foldable phones separate, especially when many consumers have reservations about the low scratch resistance and high entry price – the Fold 2 is already selling for $ 1,999. But according to Nikkei Asia, the move is part of Samsung’s plan to replace the Note line with foldable devices; In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between the S line and the Note line, especially now that the S20 Ultra supports the S-Pen.

Samsung hopes to increase sales of foldable phones to those similar to the Note line, which sells for more than 10 million units per year. It remains to be seen whether this will be possible given the current caveats about folding devices – hopefully the new design will lead to a price reduction for the rest of Samsung’s folding lineup.

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Published March 22, 2021 – 20:45 UTC


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