Rumor: the foldable Samsung Galaxy X will launch in 2017 with a 4K flexible display

Rumor: the foldable Samsung Galaxy X will launch in 2017 with a 4K flexible display
According to a new report from Samsung-centric tech blog Sammobile, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer will launch no less than five flagship smartphones in 2017.

Up until a few years ago, Samsung has routinely released two flagship smartphones per year: a new Samsung Galaxy S model in the first part of the year and a new Samsung Galaxy Note model in the second half. However, once Samsung started introducing slightly altered (read: curved-screen versions) versions of its flagships, the number of top-end Samsung smartphones launched each year has gone up considerably.

If this new rumor is to be believed, Samsung will launch five flagship smartphones in 2017. In the first half of the year, we're likely to be introduced to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 edge, a launch schedule that would mimic Samsung's strategy in the first half of 2016.

Later in the year, Samsung is said to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy Note 7 edge. Aside from new iterations in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note line-ups, the manufacturer is also expected to introduce the Samsung Galaxy X, its first smartphone with a bendable display.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7, as well as their curved-screen variants, are all said to come with QHD Super AMOLED displays with an RGB subpixel arrangement. The Samsung Galaxy X, on the other hand, is rumored to adopt a 4K display with a PenTile subpixel arrangement.

Speaking of the Galaxy X, this handset was often rumored in the past under the Samsung Project Valley codename and is expected to come with a screen that bends in half, a feat that would allow users to easily pocket the device when not in use.

Naturally, we're very interested in learning more about the Samsung Galaxy X. Seeing as the transition to bendable smartphone displays is likely to open the door to a new era in smartphone form factors, the Galaxy X could well be one of the most important smartphones of the past few years. Unfortunately, however, details surrounding the Project Valley handset are still pretty scarce at this point and do not go beyond Samsung patents describing possible foldable smartphone designs

source: Sammobile

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25 Comments

1. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I'll be spoilt for choice

2. Kumar123 unregistered

PenTile subpixel arrangement is total crap. Even though it will be 4K resolution it will actually have the sharpness of 2K-3K resolution resolution display with RGB subpixel arrangement. So basically 4K resolution with PenTile subpixel arrangement will be a marketing gimmick because it will not have the sharpness of true 4K resolution display. RGB subpixel arrangement >>>> PenTile subpixel arrangement

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The difference is pretty negligible with diamond penTile. The cross-hatch effect of the PenTile from s3 era is gone. Trigonal planar is the most efficient packing in 2D and in some cases, a penTile diamond will be sharper than RGB. I'm not saying it's s sharp as RGB because it's not. But the difference is pretty small. Not that it matters, but i don't think this phone will be pentile anyway. It is rumored that samsung will switch to RGB starting from note 6.

7. Kumar123 unregistered

I hope you are right. It's time to ditch Pentile crap and go for RGB. Personally I'll be extremely happy if they switch to RGB. But knowing Samsung they will likely opt for cost effective pentile arrangement for their 4K display.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol Id rather have double the battery life with pentile than a marginally sharper screen that won't even look sharper.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

Like it matters. Can you even see the "less" sharp screen at current resolution? You must have an eyesight of microscope. How much can you see? down to nm? um?

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It depends on the pixel arrangement. Even though the S5 has a Pentile AMOLED display, it was rated the top in its class only beaten by the Note 4. So...no its not crap. The ones on the Note 2 were not as good, but still was sharp and pretty. You just a hater...lol

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

***** RGB subpixel arrangement >>>> PenTile subpixel arrangement***** If this is true, then why hasn't any phon eusing such been able to be the top rated display since he release of the Galaxy S5? Samsung per DisplayMate has been he leader as having the highest rated display starting with the Galaxy S5. It was then beaten only by another Samsung, the Galaxy Note 4. Both use the Pentile Diamond Subpixel design. Showing them side by side with phones liek the LG G3 showed, the colors and sharpness were better and less distorted. The Note 4 was then beaten only by the S6's with exception of the edge model which use a different type of panel due to the need to bend. The S6 was tehn beaten by the Note 5 and now the Note 5 was beaten by the S7. In all those years, no phoen sporting the RGB Sub-pixel arreangeemnt was ever rated as on tip vs Samsung. So your claim holds no water. Please give me a model of a phone that contains this type of display, so I can read DisplayMate unbiased opinion and compare it to a Samsung of the same year. I will await your reply :-)

25. Imaxxacre

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Guess what. On a non-phablet smartphone display, and even on most phablets, 4K is a complete and utter gimmick.

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

We are heading the same rumor for 4 years or so now. I'll believe it when i see it. And 4k is useless on smartphones and so is VR. Buy a proper VR solution if you want it. Not worth sacrificing battery life and cost of phone.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

That's easy to say if you both have a computer powerful enough to run it properly, and the extra money for a VR headset.

17. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Not everyone is a Dollar Millionaire like you are. Anyways, portable VR will outsell home computer VR probably by 1000:1.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet I have a phone with QHD and I get better battery life vs almost ANY phone without QHD. Funny how according to PA's own test, the Note 5 with QHD has the same battery drain time as the iPhone 6S Plus. So you are assumign they can't make a 4K panel that woudl have equal efficiency? Yet the QHD panel from Samsung actually uses less power than Apple's Full HD IPS display. You have no idea if it will be battery draining or not. You're only assuming. Guess what, 4K Tv's use the same amount of power as a QHD or Full HD Tv. Last time I checked, my new Samsung Curved 4K TV still uses a 110V plug. If it needed more power, then I would need a 220V plug, like my washer and dryer.

22. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

PA test is crap. And no, the note 5 doesn't have good battery life. Ask any reviewer or see any comparison, the 6s plus lasts way longer than note 5. 2015 android flagShips have pathetic battery life. The only QHD phones I would buy and not worry about battery life is are moto droid turbo, s6 active and exynos s7 edge.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

I have a Note 5 & it does have good battery life. When you've owned one since the day it was released, you're qualified to say that. Considering you don't own one at all, I'll take my opinion over yours. Also, cut the crap about not being Tyrion. We all know otherwise.

4. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Now as a user. If a certain part of galaxy x foldable display suddenly malfunctions. How do you repair it?

11. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

only $600 to repair the display, change it altogether.

8. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Why is Samsung copying sony naming schemes? First Z then J Then C Now X... Weird... Can't Samsung come up with something unique?

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wait you're saying for the fact that they've been using single letter names for a very long time, it doesn't make sense for them to use it in other line up? Interesting.... Starting to sound like apple when they told samsung not to make tablets in rectangular design

23. Kumar123 unregistered

That's because it's Samsuck. Always copy other company.

12. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Now this is real innovation!

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

five flagships a year? but thats not how "flagship" work, technically :-/ but its a good thing tough, lol

14. chenski

Posts: 754; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Better than note series

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess with 10nm Die shrink which is planned somewhere end of this year or start of next year, SOC would be smaller and efficient.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

While Apple is patenting a smart cover with a screen, Samsung is making a fold-able tablet which is a full usable screen. Who's doing better with money? The true craftsmen...Samsung! I may not but it, but I surely want to see it. Imagine if they made one running Windows. That would be even better.

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