February 21, 2019 10:29
Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy Fold, a phone with a foldable screen, alongside four new Galaxy S10 models at a media event in San Francisco.
The Korean electronics giant maintains an uneasy dominance in the global smartphone market amid a relentless onslaught from more affordable Chinese products and stiff competition from Apple's premium devices.
The Galaxy Fold will hit stores in April or May after the release of the flagship Galaxy S10 series next month.
The Fold marks the first real departure in a while in a market where products are becoming more and more the same. It is not only around 50 percent thinner than other models but the 4.6-inch screen can be unfolded to make a 7.3-inch display.
"Foldable phones will become the mainstay product in the market two to three years from now," a staffer said. The price is likely to be an eye-watering W2 million (US$1=W1,124).
But it is the success or failure of the Galaxy S10 series that will determine Samsung's fate this year.
The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with two cameras in front and three in the back, while boasting 1 terabyte of memory. The S10 Plus and S10 come with wireless headphones that can be recharged simply by bringing them close to the phone. They can also recharge other smartphones and smartwatches.
Samsung moved its annual launch event from New York to San Francisco this year as a direct challenge to Apple, whose headquarters is located there.
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