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Samsung teases its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 foldable phone reveal

by Mark Tyson on 30 January 2020, 11:11

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The official Samsung news blog has started to tease Galaxy Unpacked 2020 and what is to be revealed at the event. In an attempt to spread excitement ahead of the 11th February reveal event, Samsung has released a video called "change the shape of the future." Furthermore, today it will be taking the wraps of billboards near major city landmarks worldwide.

In the video above you can quite clearly see that Samsung has staged an animation where its upcoming foldable flexes open and closed beneath silk sheets. The clever teaser ends with the folded up resulting square shaped phone talking the place of the 'A's in Galaxy and '0's in 2020.

In addition to the above billboards will be unveiled today in iconic locations such as Callao Square in Madrid, Duomo di Milano in Milan, Hydroproject Building in Moscow, Times Square in New York, and Central Railway Station and Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Piccadilly Circus in London, and COEX in Seoul.

While Samsung busies itself with elaborate teases, well known smartphone leaker Evan Blass (@EVLeaks) has published some lovely clear spoilers showing the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

The above images arrived around the same time WinFuture.de published (watermarked) photos of the Galaxy Z Flip from all angles, alongside purported full specs. According to this source the upcoming foldable will sport key specs as follows; Full HD+ (2636 x 1080 Pixel), Dynamic AMOLED 6.7-inch main display, 300x116px Super AMOLED always on status display, Snapdragon 855+, 8GB RAM, 256GB UFS3.0 storage, 3,300mAh battery. It is said to weigh 183g and measure 87.4 x 73.6 x 15.4 - 17.3mm when closed and 167.9 x 73.6 x 6.9 - 7.2mm opened up. Last but not least, this source says the Galaxy Z Flip will be released on Valentine's Day, priced at about €1,500.

Galaxy Unpacked 2020 will kick off at 7pm GMT on the 11th February.



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wonder who will have a nice Valentines day then?
Another missed opportunity :(

Hole in the screen. Again.

Grr.
Spud1
Another missed opportunity :(

Hole in the screen. Again.

Grr.

It's not going to go away - like in screen fingerprint sensors
£1500ish is a lot for a device you have to faff around with just to get to a point you can actually view the screen, which will become increasingly creased with each successive fold operation and likely need replacing earlier than the 3 year plus cycle many handset owners have settled into.

As a result, I'm struggling to get behind the whole small-form-factor smartphone concept… perhaps also because the initial promise of ‘foldable’ devices was to go bigger (e.g. tablet-sized screen from a phone-sized form-factor) not smaller!

This looks like a fall-back position, because foldable is still unproven in the market and probably represents less of a business risk than the disappointing first wave of foldables from early 2019.

So we could be about to witness a big push to get these things into the hands of hipsters and influencers who don't mind paying the early-adopter tax.
Samsung
Change the shape of the future
By using the shapes of the past, back when things were still sensible!!

KultiVator
£1500ish is a lot for a device you have to faff around with just to get to a point you can actually view the screen
What, like a gaming laptop?
You may not be old enough to remember the 1990s, but opening a flip-phone one-handed was very easy. I cannot even begin to comprehend how that could possibly be a prohibitive difficulty for any unimpaired human over the age of 10 months…!!

KultiVator
As a result, I'm struggling to get behind the whole small-form-factor smartphone concept… perhaps also because the initial promise of ‘foldable’ devices was to go bigger (e.g. tablet-sized screen from a phone-sized form-factor) not smaller!
They will go bigger, eventually. Right now, people are tied of big form factors. The only people who need to be carrying massive great slabs stuffed into pockets are soldiers wearing body armour with ceramic plates!!

KultiVator
So we could be about to witness a big push to get these things into the hands of hipsters and influencers who don't mind paying the early-adopter tax.
We always witness this, though. Do you not remember people queueing up for days just to get a new iPhone?