- The latest rumour suggests that Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is being canceled in favour of a new foldable phone.
- This new tri-fold display will be a double-hinged foldable phone expected to launch later this year.
- The upcoming tri-fold Galaxy phone has been revealed by Samsung in the past as a working prototype.
There have been widespread rumors that Samsung is planning to release a new Fan Edition phone later this year, speculated to be called the Galaxy S23 FE. The last Fan Edition device released by Samsung was the Galaxy S21 FE 5G, but the company decided to skip the S22 FE. However, according to the latest reports, Samsung has decided to forgo a more affordable version of its flagship phone in favour of a new type of folding smartphone.
No Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, new tri-fold smartphone coming soon
According to a tweet from tipster Yogesh Brar, Samsung is not currently developing a Galaxy S23 FE, contrary to recent rumors that suggested the device is in active development and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Instead, the company is reportedly working on an improved version of its Z series foldable phones. This new line is expected to include the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5, which will be released later this year.
In addition, the tweet mentions that Samsung is working on a tri-fold phone that will fold like a book. This is not the first time we’ve heard about this concept, as Samsung has been rumored to be working on a dual-hinge Galaxy Z Fold successor since 2018. Last year, the company even showcased a working prototype of a tri-fold phone.
The double-folding design of the tri-fold phone will likely resemble a small tablet when folded out, with a larger display than the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Other phone manufacturers have attempted to bring a similar design to market, but the challenge lies in delivering a device with both inward and outward folding mechanisms. Samsung has made some headway in this area and showcased a prototype at CES earlier this year called a “Flex in and out” display platform.
Although foldable displays were not durable in the past, Samsung’s continued efforts to push the boundaries of foldable phones are exciting. This suggests that the company sees the form factor as the future of smartphones and is continuously pushing the boundaries to deliver a product in the near future.