The codename “Winner” is true. A foldable phone from Samsung is the “Winner”. Android 9 Pie firmware files have leaked both Galaxy X and Snapdragon 8150 chip. A foldable smartphone from the South Korean giant has been part of rumors for a while now. Earlier this year, DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile division CEO, did announce that the most anticipated smartphone might become a reality in November 2018. Speculations and leaks are speaking too many things but no one knows how it will look in reality.
Folks at XDA Developers took Android Pie update for a detailed investigation and found that the next generation innovation in smartphones is codenamed “Winner”. The filename “ssrm_winnerlte_us.xml” unearthed a lot more than just a smartphone news. According to the report, we will soon witness the arrival of a new Exynos processor. The mention of this Samsung-powered chip hints that we will either see the Samsung Exynos 9810 or Exynos 9820 in the new device. Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 currently use Exynos 9810 processor with incredible performance. The 9810 is also expected to be part of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 next year.
Along with the confirmation of Galaxy X, which is the speculated name for the foldable Samsung venture, the news also came out for Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon chip 8150. The Snapdragon 8150 is also reported to have winnerLTE in it. Could it be a similar case as with many other Samsung smartphones that are sold in the US with a Snapdragon chipset and everywhere else around the globe with an Exynos processor? And looking at how big this will be, it’s hard to tell if users will be able to get their hands on the device before 2019.
Koh however, suggested that the company will be ready to unveil the device in November, at the Samsung Developer Conference to be held in San Francisco this year. Talking to CNBC, Koh said that “You can use most of the uses… on foldable status. But when you need to browse or see something, then you may need to unfold it.”
“But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet? If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would [consumers] buy it?”, Koh said. “So every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer. So when the end customer uses it, [they think] ‘wow, this is the reason Samsung made it’.”
It wouldn’t be surprising to see a limited quantity initial release from Samsung. You should also expect a high price (over $2000) for the new smartphone. Notably, Huawei has already announced a foldable smartphone in 2019 mid.