​Samsung to produce over one million foldable phones

Samsung will make over one million units for its upcoming foldable phone in initial stock and it will be launched within the first half of 2019, the firm's mobile boss says. He also met Google CEO Sundar Pichai two months ago and formed a taskforce for foldable phone's UX.

Samsung Electronics will produce over one million units in initial stock for its upcoming foldable phone, says its mobile boss.

The South Korean tech giant cannot yet announce a launch date, DJ Koh, who heads Samsung's mobile business, said, in a press conference for South Korean journalists at the sidelines of Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco, but it will "definitely launch" in the first half of next year.

Earlier, Samsung teased its foldable display, called Infinity Flex, in a demo at SDC. It will have a 4.85-inch cover display that users will be looking at when folded, and a 7.3-inch main display when unfolded like a tablet.

"Given Samsung Electronics' product capacity, for a flagship product we produce a minimum of one million units," Koh said. "For the foldable phone, initial stock will be over one million units and if the market reaction is positive, we can produce more."

SEE: IT pro's guide to the evolution and impact of 5G technology (free PDF)

"Our demonstration of the display at SDC shows that it is ready for commercial deployment. We overcame many obstacles," he added.

Koh said he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai two months ago and formed its taskforce with the US firm that will focus on the foldable phone's UX.

Like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, the foldable series will be launched every year, Koh said. The phone, however, will be launched in selected markets such as the US and South Korea first for limited number of telecommunication carriers. The foldable phone doesn't have an official name yet, he added.

"We do not believe that foldable phone will completely overhaul the conventional smartphone phone factor," he said. "Rollable and stretchable display products will also be disruptive and we are researching those area as well."

Previous and related coverage

Samsung to start mass production of foldable Infinity Flex display in the coming months

At the Samsung Developer Conference, the company revealed its new foldable display, teasing what its new foldable device will look like.

Samsung adopts a minimalistic design with One UI for Galaxy devices

Samsung is trying to get rid of redundant features and make your phone easier to use with its upcoming One UI update.

Samsung to open Bixby up to developers

As Samsung's "singular commitment to AI," Bixby will transform "from a simple mobile voice assistant to a scalable AI platform," Samsung's Eui-Suk Chung said at the Samsung Developer Conference.

World's first foldable phone? Royole's 7.8in FlexPai tablet folds into dual-screen phone

The FlexPai is rough around the edges but could be the world's first commercially available foldable tablet-phone.

Samsung, Google collaborating on version of Android for foldable phone

Samsung is debating between two final prototypes for a foldable-screen device, according to a Bloomberg report.

foldable-phone.jpg
(Image: Angela Lang/CNET)