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October 20, 2018

Samsung unveils foldable phone in private CES meeting

PUBLISHED : January 12, 2018 - 11:33

UPDATED : January 12, 2018 - 13:35

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[ET NEWS] LAS VEGAS -- Samsung Electronics on Jan. 10 unveiled its foldable smartphone privately to select clients at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, according to industry sources on Jan. 12.

During the private meeting, the Korean tech giant also shared the launch schedule, including production from the end of this year.

“Samsung Display said it has developed a 7.3-inch foldable panel with plans to start production later this year,” an industry source said on condition of anonymity. 




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Samsung to start foldable smartphone production in Nov.


Sources said Samsung unveiled both infolding and outfolding phones during the meeting. The infolding type has a more drastic curvature rate compared to the outfolding type. But due to the durability issue, the outfolding type is considered a more advanced next-generation technology.

Samsung is expected to adopt the infolding type first with aims to start production from as early as November.

During this week’s CES, not just Samsung and but also other handset makers are believed to have unveiled their own versions of foldable phones to gauge the market reaction.

“Samsung attracted more clients to the private meeting compared to last year. The phone development seems to be almost finished, raising expectations for the phone launch,” said another source who declined to be named.

By Bae Ok-jin (withok@etnews.com) (jylee@heraldcorp.com)
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