Samsung smartphone with four cameras coming this year

Samsung smartphone with four cameras coming this year

It's been teasing a foldable device for many years now (see 2014 concept below) but the feat of actually producing one that's durable and functionally innovative enough to commercially release has clearly been too challenging - at least, up until this point. Samsung in 2011 revealed plans to make a folding phone in its keynote address; as recently as past year, it showed a folding phone prototype to some members of the media.

The Galaxy X, Samsung's first attempt at a foldable smartphone, is something that has been confirmed to be in the works by Samsung's mobile division head DJ Koh, although firm release schedules are hard to come by. "If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it?", Koh said. Koh also hinted that the unveiling could happen at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco. But he said the company hopes to figure out how to make such a device different than a tablet once it is unfolded, according to CNBC.

Unlike the traditional flip phones that require a hinge, Samsung is reportedly making a screen that bends.

Samsung is planning to announce a foldable smartphone before the end of the year.

'Every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer, ' Koh told CNBC.

It was two Chinese companies that unveiled pioneering triple-lens and 3D-sensing rear phone cameras with Huawei's P20 Pro, and the Oppo R17 Pro, respectively, but next year all major phone manufacturers will follow suit. The ideal foldable phone would have a single display that can fold.

The executive didn't give many details about the upcoming hardware. By introducing cutting edge technology to mid-tier models first rather than reserving it for the high-end smartphones.

LG has also filed several patents describing a 'mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half'.

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