Dual-screen smartphone prototype to be tested by Samsung, could it be the Galaxy X?

Dual-screen smartphone prototype to be tested by Samsung, could it be the Galaxy X?

Over the last couple of years, there have been a lot of rumors about Samsung's ambitions of introducing a foldable phone. The speculation has intensified in 2017, after the Seoul-based tech giant trademarked the Galaxy X brand amid reports that we're going to see the mythical device by the end of Q4.

Now, ET News reveals that Samsung is expected to start testing a dual-screen smartphone prototype soon. Citing unnamed industry sources, the media outlet reports that the prototype bears the Galaxy X name. Apparently, the foldable device can open 180 degrees and features two AMOLED displays which are connected by a hinge. One of these sources explained what's the purpose of these experiments:


The article also mentions that Samsung has been ramping up related research and development efforts with an aim to produce a limited batch of the Galaxy X in the second half of 2017. Orders for the components required to produce between 2,000-3,000 units of the dual-screen gadget are already placed.

As always, keep in mind that any information from anonymous "industry sources" should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, the fact big manufacturers like Apple, LG, and Microsoft are also interested in producing electronic devices with bendable displays might actually prompt Samsung to release a foldable phone sooner rather than later.

via The Investor

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27 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Galaxy X FTW! Can't wait to see this stuff become consumer-ready!

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1205; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

This is a really great innovation from Samsung. Shows that they spend a lot at R&D.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Yes and it will be released along side the note in october. It will be released limited quantities to see consumer reaction. The foldable phone will be 4.9" expandable to 9.3" and it will not have an inbuilt s-pen but one similar to the tab s3. These phones will be called the Note R and not thd note 8 (for obvious reasons).

5. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So because of that random person's comment the other day, you're already assuming that every single thing they said is true? I believe the term I'm looking for is gullible...

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

reply to #5 why not? lots of tech news also believe tweets from some random analyst.. and some of them even post whatever renders they can find.. /s

8. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

ibend, this is very true ahaha. Phonearena is guilty of this at least ten times a week.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Well partly but honestly speaking have you even seeing the supposed note semantics? Theres the foldable traces written all over it. I had a dicussion with it with some friends over at android central long before that guy made that post. So when i saw his post, it was only natural that i believed it as it further put some flesh into my(our) initial suspicion. 2. If really you saw the guys post then you would have also seeing my reply letting him know that we over at a/c had thesame suspicion. If you doubt it, you can head over to the galaxy note 8 forum at androidcentral, under the "note 8 semantic" thread. Have a nice day.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thanks mr.Analyst... /s

3. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Interesting technology, but I'm having a hard time seeing a specific application for full folding phone. On the other side, if this can expand to an 8-10" tablet sized screen, but then can fold into your pocket, that would be cool.

23. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I have a feeling that it's going to be more gimmicky than practical, but it's still a fun concept. I, for one, am excited about a phone with a large screen that I can actually fit in my pocket.

4. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

the Revolution of smart phones

10. amankmr03

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

this company is looting Indian customers by selling 30,000 rupees phone in 48 to 50,000 ... shame on samsung ...

11. rocker91

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Buy some other brand mate

12. ando125

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 06, 2017

After Galaxy S9, the Galaxy S10, aka Galaxy X since X means 10 in Roman numerals.

14. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I am "the random" guy who made that post about the Note R the other day. I stand by what I said. There will be a traditional Note and a Note R in very limited quantity. Samsung has yet to arrive at an official name for the regular Note. One thing is for certain. It won't be called the Note 8 as that would bring back fleeting memories of the Note 7 and Samsung doesn't want that. It really wants to consign the Note 7 to the dustbin of history. The Note R will have a 4.8 inch screen when folded and a 9.6 inch when unfurled. It's inner 9.6 screen will be an LCD panel and not an amoled. The outer screen when folded will be amoled. When folded like a standard wallet, the front screen will be a 4.8 inch amoled panel and the back will feature the camera and fingerprint sensor. Unfolding it will reveal 2 inner 4.8 LCD panels that will seamlessly meet to form a single 9.6 inch display. I have no idea about the Galaxy X as my source did not say anything about it. Also Sammy has very low expectations with the Note R at this point as they have a feeling that foldable phones might not catch on. Hence the wait and watch approach with the Note R manufactured in very quantities.

20. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Samsung's president DJ Koh confirmed the next Note will be called the Note 8.

22. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Steve Jobs also said that any phone over 3.5 inches is insane. When Apple stunned everyone with 64 bit soc, one company vice president said it's a gimmick and was reprimanded and later was proven wrong. Huawei CEO said that 2k screen is useless and his company promptly announced a slew of 2k screen phones. It is of course up to you to choose what and who to believe. If you think I am spouting baloney, you are within your right to think so. I don't have any axe to grind or anything to prove. I just happen to have a relative in Samsung who is in the know and relaying what he told me. I take no credit if this turns out true and if you want to pan me later if it turns out to be not true, that's upto you.

24. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Lol chill out man.. i never said you were wrong or right, i just stated what i actually heard in reality

15. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A standard photo or video can be taken only when the phone is unfurled. Selfish can be taken with the phone closed. The Note R will feature only Eynos and so will not be officially available state side. Initially the main markets for the device will be South Korea, Europe and China as especially the Asian consumers are more open to try out new concepts.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

When unfurled, will it become a tablet ui, or the standard phone ui? If its a tablet ui then its goan be seriously dope. Btw, have u told them over at a/c?

21. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I do not know but it should have a phone us as android doesn't really take advantage of a large screen. There are really very few tablet optimised apps for android and it is one of the main reasons why ipads rule the roost and also why Samsung isn't betting too much on the foldable phone thing. Most tab s3 reviews say the same thing. Very good hardware and screen but it just seems like using a blown up s7 phone. Unfortunately with tizen proving a damp squib thus far, it is upto Google to do something about it and seems as though Google themselves are quite the stepmother to tablets. They seem more intent on phones. Maybe if android merges with Chrome OS and there is just Chrome OS left, we could see something positive. And no, I haven't updated the folks at android central. I visit just 2 phone sites and they are gsmarena and phonearena.

16. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I meant to say selfies and not selfish. Over zealous auto correct at work :D

17. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Exynos*

18. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've wanted a folding screen phone for a while. I've never had a smartphone smaller than a 5" screen. First was a Dell Streak 5, in 2010, and currently a Mate8, with a 6" screen. A phone, with a 3-4" screen when folded, and opening to a 6-8" screen would be perfect! But, when released, I'd wait until the end of the production or version 2.0 before I would get one...just in case there are bugs ;)

27. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Personally, I'd want something just a liiiiittle smaller than a 6" screen, but yeah, I'm also very excited about being able to have something that takes up much less pocket space when not in use.

25. JohanP

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

For me this types of phone is stupid...:$

26. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Would I rather look at my normal smartphone 50 times day or would i have to infold it 50 times tp lool at it. Iys like accessorie to me. That will be dispossed once the first impression fade away.

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