Technology Samsung may soon 'unfold' plans for new foldable and flip smartphones
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Samsung looks to be ready to unveil some new flip and foldable phones.
The official announcement is expected at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked: Get Ready to Unfold event to be held online on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT. The electronics giant posted information on Twitter about the event Tuesday.
On its website forto the event, Samsung teases: "For the past decade and more, we’ve seen smartphone innovations change our daily lives. Why change a good thing? ... We're about to give you better. Get ready to unfold."
Consumers interested in getting early dibs on the electronics giant's next flagship device can go toto get in line for an exclusive pre-order offer, as well as 12 free months of Samsung Care+ and up to an extra $100 trade-in credit.
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Additional hints appeared on that reservation sign-up page: "Now more than ever there is a need for flexible, versatile mobile devices that can keep up with the fast pace of our lives so we can maximize and enjoy every moment."
When you sign up, an email arrives hinting that a new flip phone is coming, "You are going to flip for your new Galaxy."
Ready to go from good to great? Join us as we unfold this, August 11, 2021.
Huawei Mate X2: What it's like using the nearly $3,000 foldable
Mate X2 gives you the ability to carry a full-sized tablet in your pocket.After using the Mate X2 for a week, I can declare that it has the best foldable phone hardware currently commercially available, eclipsing even Samsung's Galaxy Fold 2. (You can read about that in detail in some of the sections below.) The cameras, as typical of Huawei phones, took excellent photos in all kinds of lighting conditions. Plus multitasking was made so much easier compared to a regular phone thanks to the inner display, which expands to the size of a tablet when opened .— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile)
Samsung's first foldable phone,, was priced about $2,000 and came to market in September 2019 a delay of six months or so after some early reviewers reported broken screens and other damage issues.
Samsung brought itsout in February 2020, to be followed by the Galaxy Z Flip 5G in August 2020 and the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G a month later.
Earlier this year,: the Galaxy Z Flip 5G with its 6.9-inch display, initially priced at $1,449 was repriced at $649.99 with trade-in on Samsung.com.
The Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, which had $550 cut from its original price of $1,999, has a 6.2-inch front screen and unfolds to reveal a 7.6-inch middle screen.
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