Samsung’s foldable phone could end up costing over $2,500

Let’s be frank here, we all knew this was coming. Foldable display tech, arguably the biggest smartphone revolution in years finally reaching end-user viable market status was bound to demand a premium. Especially in its first iteration and from a top dog, name-brand the likes of Samsung. Even so, $1925 – $2565 is beyond eye-watering. It is exuberant to say the leas

It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy F/Flex or whatever naming the Korean giant lands on will be a concept device, not really meant for the general consumer. Much like the Note Edge was back in the day when curved was the futuristic trend. That’s probably for the better too, since there were plenty of issues with that device and we can only imagine foldable panel implementations will be an order of magnitudes harder to perfect and really make viable. But, we digress.

Back to the mentioned figures. These come from a fairly reputable source. However, little extra info is offered. The biggest question in our mind is why the two price tags are so far apart. The only thing that springs to mind is at least a couple of models and storage tiers. Potentially size difference, although the foldable design could turn that concept on its head altogether. Apple’s current lineup has the entry-level 64GB iPhone XS at $999 and the top-tier XS Max at a $500 premium, so the variance is not unheard of.

We also can’t help but wonder why the quoted figures are so precise. Dare we even consider the possibility that these are actual production and parts cost calculations and not retail prices? We probably won’t get any sort of additional info prior to the first Flex Display actually hitting the market in at least some shape or form, which is said to happen some time in March 2019. The source of that particular release time frame also mentioned a price of about $1,770 (KRW 2 million in its homeland), while another carrier leak has also previously mentioned a GBP 2,000 figure for the top end model. In any case, no matter which source you decide to trust, you are still looking at prohibitively expensive price points.

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In its latest patent, LG’s phone wraps around its edges

The foldable phones territory is still unexplored, so OEMs are still experimenting with the design. LG’s latest patent seems like something worth exploring although, we don’t know if it would make it to broad daylight as most patents don’t.

The sheet describes a phone that can wrap around its edges and a magnetic snap keeps the display attached to the back side of the handset. When unfolded, you can take advantage of the full screen real estate for a tablet-like experience and when wrapped, the part of the display that isn’t visible turns off.

If somehow this concept materializes, it would probably be called Flex. Bendi or Foldi. At least according to the names LG trademarked recently.

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