Samsung brought 'almost finished' foldable Galaxy X to CES, 7.3" display in tow

Samsung brought 'almost finished' foldable Galaxy X to CES, 7.3
Where there is smoke, there is probably fire, and we've been hearing about Samsung's foldable phone in the last two days more than in the last two months. Turns out that Samsung has actually brought the phone, and showcased it to interested partners at the CES 2018 expo. Granted, Samsung has done this at the previous CES, too, but now the phone looked "almost finished," tipped insiders, at least from a hardware standpoint, and ready for mass production in November.

Samsung brought both infolding and outfolding prototypes, but will likely retail the infolding type, keeping the outfolding type for a next generation of bendable handsets due to its higher curvature when folded, hence the need for increased durability. If you are wondering what "infolding" means, look no further than Samsung's latest patent on the matter in the slides below. As for the actual screen size when unfurled, the sources confirmed that it will be a 7.3" monster, allowing you to watch videos in relative comfort then simply snap it shut, and tuck in your pocket without a second thought.

"Samsung attracted more clients to the private meeting compared to last year. The phone development seems to be almost finished, raising expectations for the phone launch," said a person with knowledge of the CES meeting that took place on January 10, and we can't wait to hear more information about specs and the eventual pricing of this thing. We have a hunch it won't come cheap.



source: Korea Herald

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48 Comments

1. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

The phone looks really stupid.

15. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

The design doesn't look very practical, though have to wait until the final product arrives. I mean why on earth i want to fold my phone and put in my pocket like a wallet when, i can do this with any other phone. Also the bendable screen will be very prone to damage. It will be as impractical as the curved sides.

24. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Why? Because when you fold something it's half as long? That is the reason we used flip phones before the smart phone. The hinge will obviously have to be quite sturdy to make this work, but I've seem plenty of laptop solutions with clever hinges able to pull that off.

29. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sounds like its not for you. There are pockets it can fit in. Since its not even the final product, why not hold judgement and wait. It will only be a bit thicker than a flip phone. Have you not seen their last flip phone?

31. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

You know the first design of the Space Shuttle, cars. rockets, planes and more didn't look practical either and many got laughed at. Look where those inventions are and got us though. Maybe you shouldn't criticize progress. Most product in 1.0 stage don't look practical. The Galaxy Note didn't look practical either. But we see how that turn out. At the least everyone is coping its size.

46. andrewc31394

Posts: 290; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

At least at the screen most likely wont break now

48. deleon629

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Prone to damage? I thought about that, and my thoughts quickly shifted to the fact that their best phone ever is a battery sandwiched between two sheets of glass. Is it ridiculous? Totally! Yet ever since Samsung took a page out of Apples book and put "fashion before function," they haven't stopped winning, so i say we give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

So glad you guys aren't heading up our advancement in tech departments... You have to innovate with new form-factors and push the envelope not stay stagnant because it doesn't look like what we have in our hands now.. You guys would have us still using the Motorola Krazor and still driving the Toyota Tercel with your logic...

18. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Maybe the point they're trying to make is that this design sucks. Besides the device being extremely tall when unfolded, the user would have to open up the device every time to use it. Whereas, if the device had an outward fold, your screen would double in size when you unfolded it, yet the user would still be able to use one side of the device when folded up. I think we're at least 4 years away from seeing a device like the concept video Samsung made (see link below) where there's a screen on the outside and once you unfold it, there's also a tablet-size screen on the inside. I think the current battery limitations is a huge factor in this being reality so that's why I don't expect it anytime soon. However, I definitely applaud Samsung for being innovative. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ

20. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It's just a concept sketch showing the possibilities of what's to come. Why hate on that? It's something we haven't seen before or used before... Applaud the innovation, embrace the innovation, but don't ever hate the innovation...

22. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Read my last sentence above. :D I'm definitely excited for this device to come out and to see what other implementations they come up with. There's just a lot of things to consider with a device like this. How does it fold? How do the camera positions work when it's folded versus when it's unfolded? How thick is the device when folded? Since glass won't work, what material is the foldable screen made out of, and is it durable? Would this be the first time they implement graphene in a device due to it's durability and flexibility? As you can probably tell, I've thought a lot about foldable devices so I'm tough on all of the aspects Samsung has to get right in order for this to be great. However, I'm excited for what the future holds and looking forward to this innovative technology. :D

23. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I wasn't necessarily referring to you on the hating part ;-) Plus it's Samsung, not a struggling tech company on it's last whim... I'm pretty sure they've answered all those questions and implemented the fixes in the design... Hence the delays...

36. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

28. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Its a drawing, not the final product. Jumping to conclusions pretty early?!

35. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No, you're just not smart enough to understand the "concept". I imagine it will be exactly like this, but with dual screens.https://drop.ndtv.com/TECH/product_database/images/992016102845AM_635_samsung_Galaxy_Folder2.jpeg

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When did you actually see it?

39. DolmioMan

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

It looks like all the “iPhone 10” jokes when the iPhone 5 moved to a 16:9 aspect ratio.

40. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

It bet you was the one said orginal Note look stupid and can you take a second and look at phone are you doing?

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

World's most innovative company..... Great Samsung

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Nice joke....useless innovations as usual.

7. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"useless innovations as usual." Until Apple does it, as usual ...

8. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

How is this a useless innovation? Having a bigger screen on the phone and then being able to fold and have it comfortably fit in your pocket is anything BUT a useless innovation!! Would you like a tissue?

21. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 717; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But let me ask you a question. How much is the repair cost if the unit is broken?

26. aroutis

Posts: 35; Member since: May 05, 2015

If there is -1- company right now that is driving innovation, that is SAMSUNG. Deal with it.

32. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Exactly what Apple said about Big phones the the stylus. We see how that turned out.

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

What an ugly phone....I hope it is true.

5. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Way better than the notch!!

9. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 370; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Someone Is salty as usual.

19. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

cnour's iphone broke down after "patch" :))

25. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Well, he's got the option to pay 29 bucks to go see an Apple store get burnt to the ground when they try to "fix" it.

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