Samsung’s long-heralded foldable smartphone is slowly taking shape ahead of its anticipated launch early in 2019. The company has teased the design and hosted coding sessions for the device at its recent developer’s conference. Now, a series of patent blueprints and renders reveal in much greater detail what the final product might look like.

We know for a fact that Google is already cooking up Android software to support the flippable smartphone layout of the future. But we only got a shadowy glimpse of a prototype at Samsung’s annual developer event.

Its main selling point is an extra screen and multi-tasking will also likely be a focus. In fact, Samsung said it’ll be able to run three apps simultaneously using a feature it calls “multi-active window.” But on the other hand, this powerful productivity tool will also almost certainly cost a pretty penny. Here’s everything else we know about Samsung’s foldable smartphones so far.

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Samsung's newly uploaded profile photo ahead of its developer conference. 

When Will the Samsung Foldable Phone Be Announced?

Samsung didn’t announce a clear launch date but expect updates and even a full-fletched announcement in early 2019. The Yonhap News Agency in South Korea recently reported that the company will launch its flagship foldable phone in March of next year, citing industry sources.

When he teased the foldable phone at its developer’s conference, Justin Denison, SVP of mobile product marketing also strongly implied that we should be ready for a March announcement.

“We hope we’ve inspired you until the next UNPACKED where you’ll see more of this technology in action,” he said.

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The foldable phone when it is closed.

Samsung always hosts an UNPACKED event early in the year to announce new Galaxy S phones. The S9 and S9+ were both announced late in February and released in early March. This means the upcoming S10 releases might be accompanied by a massive foldable phone reveal.

What’s the Samsung Foldable Phone Price?

The trend-setting device could be priced astronomically high. The Yonhap report approximate the device could cost as much as $1,770 and that Samsung will aim to ship 1 million of them.

This is in line with what an anonymous Samsung official told Reuters: “Unlike our flagship products,” the source told the wire service, “the foldable phone is a completely new concept in terms of design and user experience, which requires a different approach.”

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Possible dimensions of the two screens.

In other words, expect a slight departure in the pricing strategy, likely on the higher end. Currently, Samsung’s most expensive flagship — the Galaxy Note 9 — starts at $999. It’s possible the company could make a play for rapid growth by trying for an accessible price point, but more likely the new phone will be priced higher since there aren’t any formidable competitors.

The competitors that Samsung does have, however, are also pricing high. A lesser-known company called the Royole Corporation recently debuted its take on the foldable phone, the FlexPai, on October 31 that starts at 8,999 Chinese yuan (roughly $1,300). It was a little bit janky, and Royole isn’t a big name, meaning that Samsung’s foldable phone could cost even more.

What Will the Samsung Foldable Phone Be Called?

Yonhap referred to the foldable phone by its “Galaxy F” moniker, a name that was given to the device by the countless rumor cycle stories. The “Galaxy X” nickname has also emerged during coverage.

It’s unclear if the news service was confirming that this is what the phone would be called or if they were just referring to it by its widely adopted nickname.

What’s the Samsung Foldable Phone’s Design?

Blueprints of the device have begun making the rounds online and they look like Samsung has glued three displays together. The United States Patent and Trademark Office published blueprints the Galaxy F on November 15 revealing that it would fold up a lot like a brochure.

Instead of opening up like a booklet, the sketches display a device that can be opened twice. Once to reveal what appears to be the camera and a second time to turn it into a tablet.

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Its cover display has been said to be 4.58-inches and its tablet display 7.3-inches. The bottom edge of the blueprints shows the outline of a USB Type C charging port and a headphone jack.

To give people a better, less confusing visual, the Dutch Blog LetsGoDigital translated these mockups into a few 3D renders. The results were stunning, and much sleeker than what Denison held up on stage.

What is the Samsung Foldable Phone Screen?

Denison explained that these new smartphone booklets needed to completely overhaul previous display designs.

Instead of a glass outer layer, the foldable phone will use an “advanced composite polymer that is both flexible and tough,” he said. This will be complemented by a “foldable adhesive” that would allow the display to be folded “hundreds of thousands of times” without warping or cracking.

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A breakdown of the polymer that will coat the foldable screen's display.

Will the Samsung Foldable Phone Have a Notch?

While notches were a big trend for this year’s smartphone launches, one likely won’t be included with the Foldable Phone for two reasons.

First, Samsung has avoided the notch like the plague. All of its launches this year have been notch-less, so there’s really no reason to believe its foldable phone will include one.

Secondly, notches are typically used to house of front-facing cameras or facial recognition hardware, like Apple’s Face ID sensors. Since the Galaxy F will completely rework traditional smartphone design, all of these components could be situated in a whole new way.

We’ll have to wait and find out.

Photos via Samsung, LetsGoDigital, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office