Samsung is working on a phone with a foldable screen, known as the Galaxy X. It has confirmed the phone will be announced and go on sale in 2018, most likely toward year-end.
Bloomberg says the company plans to announce the foldable phone under its Note brand.
Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumours.
When is the Samsung Galaxy X release date?
Samsung has now confirmed the foldable Galaxy X will launch in 2018.
In a public earnings call with investors on 31 January it said: “In 2018, we will differentiate through the development of cutting-edge products, such as foldable OLED smartphones.”
Most sources suggest the actual release date will be toward the end of the year, potentially in December with production starting in November.
But the bad news is that Samsung’s quirky folding phone might be tough to bag, with Forbes stating that “the expectation for the Galaxy X is as a limited-run device in a single territory - more than likely the home territory of South Korea”. It adds that it will be one of the rarest phones in 2018.
What are the rumoured specifications for the Galaxy X?
The Samsung Galaxy X was originally rumoured to be a 5in phone that could fold out into an 8in tablet, but it’s now suspected to fold out into a 7in tablet. It’s indeed possible that there will actually be two Samsung foldable phones released.
According to rumours the screen resolution is expected to be 4K (3840x2160 pixels), ensuring that it remains high-res when folded. The Galaxy X could also feature a dual-camera at the rear, one of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processors - most likely now the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810- and at least 6GB of RAM. There should be a microSD card slot, but the battery will not be removable.
A patent application filed by Samsung in late 2016 shows some renders of what the eventual Galaxy X may look like (via Sammobile):
What is a foldable phone?
A foldable phone is exactly as it sounds, one that either folds inward (like a clamshell phone) or outward and reveals a tablet-like device when stretched out. This is possible with the use of a bendable (rather than flexible, as seen in the Galaxy S7 edge) OLED panel.
Samsung, Lenovo and LG have each showed off bendable displays and devices at various industry events, and have registered many patents for the technology. Previously called Project Valley, Samsung’s technology has become known as the Samsung Galaxy X, which may or may not be its eventual name upon release.
Samsung originally worked on fold-in phones, which close up like a wallet, but having completed its work there it has moved on to fold-out phones. These should be more convenient for the user, who wouldn’t need to unfold the phone every time they wanted to use it.