Global smartphone manufacturers are set to unveil innovative products to ride out a slump in the premium phone market. In particular, they will launch new form factors such as a foldable screen and a dual screen that depart from the conventional bar shape.
Samsung Electronics is planning to unveil the Galaxy S10 and a foldable phone in February, while LG Electronics will release the G8 ThinQ and a dual display smartphone and China’s Huawei will introduce the P30 series
Samsung Electronics will fire the first salvo. The global smartphone giant will unveil the Galaxy S10 and a foldable smartphone in an unpack event in San Francisco on Feb. 20. The Galaxy S10 is likely to be loaded with a whole display (Infinity O), which covers the whole area of its front screen, leaving only one camera hole. It will come in three models – the basic model (6.1 inches), the Plus model (6.4 inches), and the Lite model (5.8 inches) which is for low-budget consumers. The Plus model is expected to have two camera lenses on the front and three on the back.
The foldable smartphone can double as a smartphone (when folded) and a 7.3 inch tablet (when unfolded). Users can send a message, surf the web and watch a YouTube video on one screen at the same time when the phone is unfolded.
LG Electronics is expected to unveil its G8 ThinQ and a dual display smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The dual display phone boasts an additional display on the back. If a user inserts a display, they can use both the front and back screens of the smartphone. In this case, the user can surf the web on the front screen and watch a YouTube video on the back one. If you unfold the two displays, they turn into a seven-inch large screen. It is designed to let consumers experience the advantages of foldable smartphones at a relatively low price compared to Samsung Electronics’ foldable smartphone, which is expected to cost two million won per unit.
Huawei will also unveil new smartphones at the MWC. The Chinese telecommunication equipment giant is expected to release the P30 series loaded with quadruple cameras, following the P20 Pro which became popular as the first triple-lens phone. In addition, industry watchers are speculating whether or not Huawei will take the wraps off its foldable phone at the upcoming MWC. Huawei announced that it would launch a 5G foldable in the first half of this year.