First Samsung Foldable Android Phone Code-Named 'Winner'

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In short: Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is code-named “Winner,” a teardown of the company’s Android 9 Pie build for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus indicates. At least one variant of the handset will feature one of the firm’s proprietary chips, most likely the Exynos 9810 used by its 2018 flagships or the Exynos 9820 which is expected to be found inside next year’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 lineups, as per the same source. The handset should also run a custom implementation of Android 9 Pie out of the box, most likely advertised as Samsung Experience 10. The still-unreleased firmware also contains references to the Snapdragon Mobile Platform 8150, which is rumored to be the official name of the successor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845.

Background: While Qualcomm was rumored to be planning a rebranding of its premium chip range since this summer, AndroidHeadlines uncovered more evidence indicative of that scenario earlier this week. Samsung’s first foldable handset is said to be advertised as a niche device and a flagship alternative for tech enthusiasts, meaning it should sport high-end hardware. Given the vastness of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio and Samsung’s established product practices, if the Galaxy F or however the bendable handset ends up being called eventually releases in the United States, it’s likely to utilize a Snapdragon-series silicon. The gadget is rumored to be announced at this year’s Samsung Developers Conference starting in San Francisco on November 7 but likely won’t be available for purchase prior to 2019. A price tag north of $1,500 has also been mentioned by several industry insiders so far.

Impact: Samsung repeatedly said its bendable smartphones are a long-term project and will be advertised as its third Android flagship lineup alongside the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note ranges. The implication that the first such handset will utilize the latest and greatest chip from Qualcomm hence isn’t surprising, though it’s still unclear whether the Galaxy F will actually be available globally, especially as Samsung’s initial production batch reportedly won’t exceed 150,000 units, as some insiders claimed this summer.