Samsung is reportedly working on a double-folding phone to expand its range of products. according to Nikkei Asia ((over 9to5Google). According to the article, the phone would fold into three segments with two hinges and could be announced “by the end of this year”. The phone would be a third option in Samsung’s foldable line of products Galaxy Z Fold and Z flipBoth are expected to appear in new versions this year as well.
According to the report, the design is still being finalized NikkeiAccording to sources, the screen could have a more standard 16: 9 or 18: 9 aspect ratio, making it easier for app makers to design for the screen than the 25: 9 screen on the Z-fold.
We’ve seen phones with multiple folds before: Xiaomi’s prototype folding phone folded in two placesbut the company did Reportedly adopted a more Galaxy Fold-like design for its upcoming foldable. Huawei Mate X2 also uses foldable a similar design to Samsung. So it would be a bit ironic if Samsung worked on a double-fold design after others adopted its single-fold style.
It is possible that Samsung will introduce the new type of foldable to make the transition to the form factor easier for its power users. Samsung says it could be Skip a new Galaxy Note this year but it wasn’t quite clear why. There has been talk of streamlining phone offerings and global chip shortages, but this could be a test to see if Note users are ready for the fold. By choosing three foldable options for customers, Samsung could try to minimize the chance that customers would find one that would work for them.
It is likely that the release of the multifold phone will depend on whether Samsung can figure out how to deal with the chip shortages that affected the entire industry. Folding phones are already more difficult to manufacture than standard smartphones. If Samsung is unable to get the chips it needs, it could push back the company’s plans. That said, it’s exciting to hear that Samsung is working on a third foldable type as it suggests that Samsung still sees the form factor as the future.