The much-anticipated foldable OLED screen phone might be unveiled at the February 25-28, 2019 Mobile World Congress.
In the previous years, Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S series smartphones such as the Galaxy S9 on the MWC trade shows. However, numerous sources say that it might release the foldable smartphone instead.
The S10 on the other hand, might be slated for release at the CES 2019 on January 8-11, 2019.
Samsung’s foldable smartphone will not be the first in the market. ZTE released the Axon M earlier this year but its not stopping the Korean company from unveiling their own.
This unique phone from Samsung was previously codenamed Valley. It has now been changed to Winner signifying the move to mass production after the project has been in development since 2015.
There isn’t much to say about the product specs other than it will sport a foldable OLED screen. However, a report by Korean publication The Bell says that the prototype has a total of three OLED panels. Each panel measures 3.5 inches, two will be on the front to create a 7-inch screen. The back will have a single 3.5-inch display.
Samsung’s flagship phone, the S10, is said to be launched a month earlier at the CES 2019. This means production time has been shortened. Launching the devices separately however will allow for each device to have its own limelight.
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Apple is reportedly planning to launch an iPhone with a curved screen and touchless gesture control in three years.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reports that Apple is currently working on iPhones with “touchless gesture control” and curved screens. Apparently, the company is looking to distinguish themselves from the saturated smartphone market with these new features.
The touchless control is described as a hover-like gesture system and is controlled “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.”
These touchless iPhones “would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli” or Samsung’s Air Gestures. This is because the tech will be integrated in the display rather than using a motion sensor in the bezel.
The report also talks about an iPhone display that curves inward “gradually from top to bottom.” This is different from Samsung’s curved screen which bend on the sides of their phones.
To achieve this, Apple will reportedly be using OLED screens instead of LCD which they used in older iPhones. Currently, only the iPhone X uses OLED. The screen actually curves slightly at the bottom, almost imperceptible to the naked eye.
To facilitate with the demand for the OLED screen, Apple will be looking into getting LG as their supplier together with Samsung.
However, this project is not imminent and could take two to three years to complete. And according to people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, both features are still in the development stage. The company could still scrap these enhancements if they choose to.