On the eve of the Apple iPhone X launch, Samsung CEO, DJ Koh, has officially confirmed that the Korean firm is indeed working on a foldable smartphone. Rumors surrounding this foldable smartphone called Samsung Galaxy X has been floating in the air for quite some time now. Today’s revelation by Samsung CEO all but confirm the news. Furthermore, he has given a time frame to when we can expect to see the Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone in the market.
Samsung has been closely involved in the development of various innovative display technology. The dual edged display which has now become ubiquitous in the smartphone industry made its debut on the Galaxy Note range.
Furthermore, Samsung Galaxy S8+ too was a major breakthrough for the firm in terms of display hardware. While it lost out to the LG G6 in terms of launching a smartphone with 18:9 display but the Infinity display of the Galaxy S8 brother succeeded to carve a niche for itself. And that has a lot to do with the incorporation of the dual edged design in the edge to edge display. Naturally, we are quite excited about the upcoming Samsung foldable smartphone. Samsung has already filed a number of patents regarding flexible displays so far. It had even showcased a prototype display at CES 2013.
Samsung Galaxy Foldable Smartphone Expected Launch Date
DJ Koh revealed that Samsung plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone sometime next year. Previously the smartphone was rumored to be unveiled earlier this year, however, it didn’t turn out to be true. However, it seems that we now know the reason for the delay.
Samsung CEO claims that the company is currently busy addressing some technological hurdles in commercializing the smartphone. It is believed that the hurdles Koh is referring to are associated with mass production of the foldable Galaxy. Apparently, one of the main components of the Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone isn’t readily available yet. It’s a polyimide film that acts a substrate for foldable displays. This film gives the display enough resilience and flexibility to survive against stress. Samsung is reportedly sourcing this film from a company called Kolon. And if reports are to be believed, Kolon won’t be able to mass produce this until January 2018. So we can’t expect to see the foldable smartphone debut before the end of Q1 2018.
No, it won’t be called the Samsung Galaxy X
Additionally, DJ Koh has revealed that the smartphone will be a part of either of two flagship range from Samsung, namely the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note. Considering that Samsung Galaxy Note range is always the first to get the taste of a new innovation, it’s safe to bet that the foldable Galaxy may come with a Note branding. This also means that the smartphone may not be called the Samsung Galaxy X at all.