Samsung's foldable phone: Android Pie code reveals key details
Samsung's first foldable smartphone is expected to be shown off at the company's developer conference in November. So far, some leaks have revealed the idea of its design while also disclosing its codename - "Winner". And now, a leaked Galaxy S9 Android Pie build has tipped-off some key details regarding the processor and software that'll power the novel handset. Here's everything we know.
Firstly, S9's Android Pie code reiterates "Winner" codename
Samsung Galaxy S9's Android Pie firmware has references to the company's upcoming foldable smartphone. SamMobile has spotted a file named as "winnerlte" which aligns with an earlier report claiming the device is internally codenamed as "Winner". The publication further reports that handset may be powered by an Exynos chip considering Snapdragon chipsets are "differentiated with a "q" at the end of the codename".
Samsung's foldable phone could run Android Pie
SamMobile points out that the "configuration files for this (foldable) device have only been discovered in the leaked Android Pie build" and never on any other firmware builds so far. This suggests Samsung's foldable phone could possibly run Android Pie 9 out-of-the-box.
Everything to know about Samsung's Galaxy F
Samsung's Galaxy F, codenamed "Winner", is said to feature a 7-inch display that can fold into a pocket-sized device. The phone could possibly come with two displays - one primary 7-inch display and a smaller secondary display on the outside. Notably, this is a design that Samsung has been working on for some time now and got it patented last October.
Can be used both as a phone and tablet
The foldable device becomes a phone when folded. It can be unfolded for operating as a tablet, somewhat like a gaming-console similar to Nintendo's DS range. Earlier, a report said: "The in-folding type has a more drastic curvature rate. But due to the durability issue, the out-folding type is considered a more advanced next-generation technology." However, Samsung is likely to adopt the in-folding variant.
S9's firmware also reveals information about an unreleased Qualcomm processor
SamMobile reports that a "policy file for an unreleased Qualcomm chipset" has been found in this leaked Galaxy S9 Android Pie firmware. This unreleased chipset is most likely the successor to Snapdragon 845 and has been referred to as Snapdragon 8150 in the files.