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Think iPhones are expensive? Samsung official says foldable Galaxy phone will cost twice as much – BGR



Samsung is expected to reveal its first foldable Galaxy phone soon … for real this time. Samsung will give the phone a proper message this time, and it will reveal all the details it has withheld from the press during its developer conference in early November, including an actual release date and pricing. The Galaxy F, or whatever Samsung stops calling it, will be announced on February 20 under Samsung's San Francisco media event. Earlier reports have already said so much, but a Samsung exec confirmed it to Korean media and addressed the issue of pricing in the process.

An unnamed Samsung official speaking to a Korean publication said the "directory phone will be released at twice the price of a premium phone so a strong user case is needed" (via Phone Arena ). "Premium Phone" describes handsets like Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, so we should definitely expect a sky high price.

Apparently, this strong user case means a unique form factor that allows the user to run three apps at the same time on a more prominent screen or turn it into a tablet-shaped device ready for entertainment and media consumption.

Earlier reports said the Galaxy F will sell for $ 1

,500 to $ 2,000, and that is because the phone will contain a lot of expensive technology that is not available on other devices. But some other fixed smartphones can be just as expensive as Galaxy F. A report a few days ago claimed that the 5G Galaxy S10 would be twice as expensive as the cheapest Galaxy S10 version.

Samsung believes that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy F flagships will be different enough to generate interest from buyers, the reports note. Samsung probably expects technologies like the in-display fingerprint sensor to deliver in premium Galaxy S10 phones to be better than the competition. The phones are expected to make use of ultrasonic sensors, instead of the optical type used by other smartphone manufacturers. However, reports earlier in the week suggested that Samsung's sophisticated sensor may not work with screen protectors. Meanwhile, Chinese smartphone makers, including Oppo and Xiaomi, revealed a new in-display fingerprint solution that gives users a wider area for fingerprint scanning, as well as support for scanning two fingerprints at the same time.


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