- Samsung is betting heavily on foldable smartphones
- The company may launch the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and a double-folding device by the end of the year
- Samsung wants to sell as many foldable smartphones as the Galaxy Note series
Samsung launches two flagship smartphone series every year, the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note. This year, however, Samsung has decided to skip the Galaxy Note series. Instead, the brand is betting heavily on foldable smartphones. Now, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia, Samsung is working on three new foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and a ‘double-folding’ device. Interestingly, the report claims that Samsung could launch these three foldable smartphones as soon as the end of this year. According to Nikkei, Samsung is trying hard to boost the production of foldable smartphones and it aims to sell as many foldable devices in 2021 as it would have sold the Galaxy Note series.
While the publication didn’t mention many details about the double-folding smartphone, its goal apparently is to offer an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 18:9 when fully unfolded to avoid scaling issues, something that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 suffers from. While the design of this double-folding device has not been finalized yet, it is said to have an app-friendly form factor.
Coming to the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip, it might be dubbed as the Galaxy Z Flip 2 or the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (since the Galaxy Z Flip 5G is considered a second-generation Galaxy Z Flip). The new Galaxy Z Flip is said to come in 4G and 5G versions. Reports suggest that Samsung will position the new Z Flip as a budget flagship. As for the Galaxy Fold 3, its details are scarce at the moment.
The Korean tech giant has patented a few designs of double-folding smartphones so far. One of the patents that surfaced in 2018 had two small panels on each side that could fold out. A speculated utility of this design was that one of the foldable panels could be used a keyboard while the remaining screen estate can show the content, to improve productivity. Whatever the final design might be, these are surely interesting times for the foldable industry.