It’s only a matter of time until foldable phones will be available in the market and it’s looking increasingly like Samsung could be the first company to commercially launch one. Since the Korean giant first showcased a flexible display prototype called ‘Youm’ in 2013 there has been a lot of hot debate going on around the new Galaxy X that, Samsung bids, will be the first phone with a foldable screen in the world.
“When will it be released?” has been a constantly whelming question in the market For at least the past two years, there have been rumors that the company is close to showing off its first smartphone that can be folded.
Samsung has not held back in boasting about their phone which has the most radical design we have seen till now. According to Koh Dong-jin, Co-CEO of Samsung Electronics, the phone has already passed Bluetooth and radio certification; the steps that new phones have to cross before their launch.
The president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display. But he said there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.
“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” he told reporters. “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.”
According to a Korean site The Bell, Samsung’s long-awaited folding Galaxy X smartphone will incorporate not one, not two, but three OLED panels. Presumably, the Galaxy X will have 2 panels of 3.5-inch display on the back that will unfold to give you a display as large as a tablet. While the third panel of 3.5 inches is also installed on the front so that the device may be used when it is folded down from tablet mode. It’s like a book with two screens on the inside and one on the outside.
The Bell also states that Samsung will finalize the Galaxy X design in June. This means changes in the design could still be made and the goal is to release the Galaxy X in 2019.
No images of the phones have been leaked, nor has anything been given about the release schedule for the innovative handset. Samsung’s president of mobile business, Koh Dong-Jin had previously said the foldable smartphone would launch under the Note brand, according to Bloomberg.
The Galaxy X is not about improving phones that are already in the market. It’s about a whole new never-before experience. While the OEMs are trying to adopt the ‘Bezel-less’ design, Samsung is a step ahead trying to take an OLED panel and turn to fold it. However, there are reports that Apple and Huawei have also acquired patents for foldable screen technology which means all the phone giants are eyeing to produce foldable smartphones in near future.