While there's no timeline on the India launch of Galaxy Fold, globally it goes on sale from April 26 in markets like US, South Korea, etc.
Chung also said the Mate X's out-folding design makes it more likely that the screens would be damaged in a fall. To your surprise, Samsung is also working on to bring a couple of new foldable devices to the market. This is apparently one of the reasons behind Samsung's reluctance to let reporters play around with the device at its unveiling late last month.
Speaking to the subscription-only Australian Financial Review, Samsung's executive vice-president of R&D, Eui-suk Chung, thinks his company went down the right path with this design, which he says was the more hard option. The internal screen does not bend, but folds similar to a books.
As to the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is considering publicizing free maintenance measures to owners in order to extend the useful life of the new device, including screen replacement.
Pre-order demand for the S10 series is better than expected. It may feature a second external display, like the Galaxy Fold, depending on how customers respond to the Fold.
One of the upcoming smartphones reportedly has a large screen that wraps around the outside of the device, much like Huawei's Mate X, while the other will arrive as a vertically-oriented clamshell phone with a smaller external display.
It remains to be seen if folding smartphones will become popular in the future. Flip phones still have a small foothold in the feature phone market, but the design is certainly ripe for a reboot with the emergence of foldable displays. Samsung will probably sell more than 40 million units of its flagship Galaxy S10 in the first year of release, according to Counterpoint.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung is working on two different variants of the foldable smartphone other than its Galaxy Fold. Also in the rumor mix is the potential for an in-display fingerprint sensor to be incorporated into this class of phone.