Samsung will not commercialize foldable phones before 2019

Samsung will not commercialize foldable phones before 2019
There's been a lot of talk lately about the so-called Galaxy X, Samsung's presumed foldable phone. It has been speculated recently that it might come to the market before the end of this year, but it appears that these rumors were false.

At the Display TechSalon seminar in Seoul, Samsung Display's principal engineer Kim Tae-woong said that foldable smartphones will not be coming earlier than 2019.

“Because the bezel-free display currently sells well, we still have enough time to develop foldable display. The technology is expected to be mature around 2019,” Kim clarified.

Chung Won-seok, an analyst at HI Investment and Securities, also shared his views on the subject during the same seminar. “Samsung Display is expected to commercialize foldable phones in 2019 because the company does not need to sell the new hardware because it is already enjoying 20 percent of operating profits with bezel-free display,” he said. “When the demand for bezel-free handsets slows down, Samsung will unveil the foldable display as the next card.”

Kim Tae-woong later spoke with the Korea Herald, confirming that the foldable display tech still has some technical challenges that need to be tackled ahead of commercialization. Samsung Display also said that single foldable phones are likely to be unveiled first before multi-foldable ones, that fold on both sides.

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8 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So much for the killer galaxy x foldable phone.

2. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

yes still too early for a foldable display.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Sensible, wear and tear on it will probably be insane at currently, and we all know some people are going to bend them to the point of breakage and complain as it is now.

5. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

sammy being lazy lately . s8 is a prove .

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Name me another company that is pushing all the tech?? Samsung is at the front of it. Ram, Storage, Displays, Camera Sensors, CPU, they have alot going on and they always spending millions in research and development. They not lazy if anything they the opposite.

6. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

2019 => Galaxy S10 *wink wink*

8. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

LG has a opening here.

9. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I'd rather see the tech be refined enough for a solid first generation example rather than a solid design being held back for being a first generation.

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