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Samsung Says Foldable Phone to Act Like Tablet

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Oct 12, 2018, 7:20 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's forthcoming foldable phone will perform like a tablet when unfolded, and like a phone when folded, according to Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh. When in tablet configuration, the device will support side-by-side multitasking for power users. "When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer," said Koh to CNET at the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy A9. "If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kind of products." Koh went on to say he believes the product has staying power and won't be a gimmick that vanishes just months after it reaches the market. The phone will be made available globally. Folding phones have struggled in the modern smartphone era. The Kyocera Echo and ZTE Axon M failed to resonate with consumers. Koh believes Samsung's phone has what it takes to survive. "Possibly when we start selling the foldable phone, it may be a niche market, but definitely, it will expand," said Koh. "I'm positive that we do need a foldable phone." Koh has hinted strongly that the device will arrive this year. It's possible Samsung will use its upcoming developer conference, scheduled for November, as a launch point for the phone.

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