The Galaxy S10 isn't the only upcoming Samsung device to leak today, as new details on the oft-rumored foldable smartphone have surfaced as well.
Samsung's foldable smartphone is codenamed "Winner", says a report from Bloomberg, and the company is reportedly weighing two designs for it. One version is longer horizontally when unfolded while the other is longer vertically, though both open from side and side. The vertical model is allegedly more popular among Samsung designers who feel that it'll be easier to hold with one hand.
This "Winner" device is said to open with a snap like the Motorola RAZR flip phone, but with a smoother feel, and it's coated with a film that feels like ones used in photography rather than glass. When closed, the device has a 4-inch screen on the outside so that you can do things like check emails and messages without having to open the phone.
Samsung's prototype foldable phone is said to weigh more than 200 grams — to compare the Galaxy S9 is 163 grams and the Galaxy Note 9 is 201 grams — and so Samsung is considering reducing the battery size to make the phone lighter.
Finally, it's said that Samsung is working with Google on a special version of Android for the foldable device.
Recent teasers have suggested that Samsung will show off its foldable device at the company's developer conference next month, but today's report says that due to the phone's ongoing development, Samsung may show "a detailed conceptual image of the phone, its features and user interface" rather than a physical model. Samsung's foldable phone may not actually launch until Q2 2019.
The concept of a foldable phone is interesting, giving you a smaller outer display for checking incoming notifications and unfolding to give you a bigger screen for browsing the web or watching video. We'll have to wait for Samsung to actually launch its foldable phone to see just how well the concept works in the real world, but after hearing about the device since 2015, it's exciting to hear that we're getting closer to seeing the thing released.