Will Samsung soon go a fold too far?

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Will Samsung soon go a fold too far?

Korean manufacturer would consider a Triple Fold smartphone

They’ve been around for about five years now, the foldable smartphones. Samsung and Huawei were the first. Motorola, Honor, Oppo and Xiaomi followed, but it doesn’t stop there because OnePlus, among others, is also working on a foldable smartphone. In short, competition on the foldable market is growing. Time for Samsung, as the market leader, to build a following step to put. Or, rather, another ‘fold’. A device that does not consist of two, but three parts, and therefore two hinges. The so-called ‘triple fold’ or ‘tri-fold’. As long as that doesn’t get too far!

Triple fold concept has been shown before

Rumors are now circulating that Samsung is planning to launch a triple fold device this year. A concept of this was already shown in the spring of 2022 in a video (see below) from Samsung Display about new developments.

The rumor that Samsung is planning a tri-fold version, which may be presented together with the next generation of the Fold and Flip, comes from a notorious leak source with a fairly good track record. Of course, Samsung itself still keeps its jaws tight. As usual, there will be no response to rumors and messages about any future products.

Whatever it becomes, the current Fold is already quite unwieldy as a device for on the go. I can’t imagine that another screen part, and two folding hinges, will benefit the user-friendliness of the foldable smartphone. That seems to me, sorry for the lame pun, really a fold too far.

Not a mass success, but above all an attempt to be distinctive

Partly due to the peppery price tags, you cannot yet call them a mass success number. However, they will not disappear anytime soon. The foldable smartphone is an example of how manufacturers try in every possible way to distinguish themselves in a market where most products are rectangular, with a large black screen on the front and a glossy rear with two, three or four camera lenses.

In that respect, the foldable devices have achieved their goal. Whatever you think of them practically, they do stand out. And, admittedly, a tri-fold would also make a distinctive contribution in that respect. Whether it will be a device that you want to put in your pocket easily, or at all… that is still very much the question. And not just because of the probably even more exorbitant price tag.

Photos header: Samsung Display (2022)

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