Samsung’s first foldable phone, referred to as Samsung F for now, is one of the highly anticipated phones expected to be unveiled at the company’s developer conference in November and hit the market early next year.
The foldable phone by Samsung has already seen a lot of delays and changes in its design. But the latest report from Patently Apple confirms that the Samsung’s foldable smartphone will not be mass produced, which will have a significant impact on its price and availability.
The biggest question that arises in our minds is — why? And the inevitable answer is the folding display.
Since popular glass makers like Corning could not produce flexible panels, Samsung developed a ‘polyimide transparent plastic film’ — a flexible and durable clear adhesive for bonding the display.
This film protects the display placed beneath and is a crucial component of the foldable smartphones responsible for flexibility and durability.
For the production of this film, Samsung has surprisingly chosen a smaller Japanese firm Sumitomo Chemical over the major South Korean supplier Kolon Industries.
Samsung chose the Japanese supplier simply “because they could meet small supply orders.”
It confirms that the foldable smartphones will be manufactured in limited quantities and once the new form factor proves to be successful, the company may tie-up with Kolon for bulk production.
Given that the production scale is what determines the price of the product, the Galaxy F might hit the shelves for a whopping $2,000.