Samsung to launch its foldable smartphone next year

Samsung to launch its foldable smartphone next year

Samsung is planning to roll out a new smartphone next year featuring a screen that folds like a wallet - the first of its kind among smartphones, according to The Guardian.

Thanks to some of the leaks, it's now clear that Apple has chose to ditch the "S" version of iPhone 7 launched a year ago.

To push sales, the Korean smartphone leader will introduce finance schemes besides an automatic update programme for existing customers, which can be activated from the Samsung app on the phone. OLED is harder to make, and at the moment only Samsung (ironically supplying arch-rival Apple, too) is doing it right for phone displays.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has defied common sense to break pre-order records despite the battery fires and global recall fiasco of last year's Galaxy Note 7.

The additional problem here is that the iPhone 8 simply looks outdated compared to all the minimal bezel phones of this year, and certainly so next to the iPhone X in stores for the iOS users among us.

Apple's iPhone 8 doesn't have a concrete design just yet, however dummy models of the iPhone 8 have been circulating for case manufacturers to make the most of. Of course, it also comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus, while keeping everything else that made the Galaxy S8 such a futuristic and impressive smartphone. Cooler still, the new phones actually "dual capture" images from both lenses simultaneously, allowing you to retroactively change if you want the background to be in or out of focus.

Apple's iPhone X is something new for the smartphone world.

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The biggest competitor to the 5.8-inch 64GB iPhone X is the 5.8-inch 64GB Samsung S8, which also has an edge-to-edge display, facial recognition and wireless charging.

Galaxy Note8 comes with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Our experience with other phones using this isn't great. Newer phones have cameras comparable to low-end DSLRs. I know what many of you are thinking: There is no way you'll pay US$1,000 (RM4,200) or more for an iPhone. With the revision to its larger-screen Plus phone in 2016, Apple added about US$20 to the starting price.

This means that the iPhone 8 Plus specs will obviously reflect this reality, and this begins with the very design of the device.

And, of course, that's why you'll want one.

Now, let's talk about that dual camera. And while Apple has unveiled OS features as it has revealed new iPhones, it has stayed clear of anything that completely overshadowed the other announcements.

Wireless charging: Another sweet thing Samsung has offered for several phone generations, wireless induction charging, will finally be available to Apple X high-rollers. This would call into question whether the Face ID system will be included in the iPhone 8 Plus as well.

Still, the jaw-dropping price estimates - the least expensive new model is expected to cost about $150 more than the most expensive current model - reflect Apple's desire to recapture its status as the maker of luxurious gadgets worth flaunting.