Oct 30, 2019 - Technology

Samsung teases its next generation of foldable phones

The Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung's Galaxy Fold, its first foldable smartphone. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

Samsung's first foldable-screen smartphone may be something of a novelty, but the company demonstrated Tuesday that it plans to keep going until such devices are mainstream.

Why it matters: There's a lot of interest in foldable devices from hardware makers eager to shake up a sluggish smartphone market, but the early products have been pricey and delicate.

Yes, but: Samsung isn't alone in pursuing an open-and-shut approach to phones. Motorola has sent out invitations for an event next month where it is expected to offer a modern take on the RAZR flip phone, while Microsoft has previewed a mobile Android device coming next year that features a mini-laptop design with two screens.

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