Samsung expected to launch its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy X, in 2018


Samsung Galaxy X is a real device, of that we're pretty sure. The main question is when exactly the South Korean giant will bring its first foldable smartphone on the market. Samsung was one of the first companies to launch a smartphone with a curved display, along with LG, but the Galaxy Round was only available in select countries.

But Samsung will not the be the only company to launch a foldable smartphone, as many other brands are working on such devices, including Apple and LG. However, Samsung fans will probably be the first to get their hands on a foldable smartphone.

Samsung's president Ko Dong-jin said in September that his company plans to launch a foldable smartphone in 2018. Sources in the display industry say that Samsung Display has already managed to develop a foldable panel with a curvature of 1.0R, which means that it can be completely folded inward like a paper.

So far, the dominant opinion is that Samsung will use plastic materials for the manufacture of the foldable display. Although the South Korean handset maker applied in the past for a number of technology patents related to foldable smartphones, it will be interesting to see how many of these more or less unique technologies will be applied to the Galaxy X.

Another reason Samsung wishes to launch the Galaxy X next year is to prevent LG from helping Apple releasing world's first foldable smartphone. Apple recently filed a patent for a foldable iPhone in the United States, and LG Display will be the company to supply the foldable panels for this device.

Currently, LG Display plans to have its first foldable panel with a curvature of 2.5R in 2018, while a foldable panel with a curvature of 1.0R is expected to be ready by 2019. South Korean media reports source in the display industry expect a foldable smartphone to be commercialized in the next couple of years.

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36 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 563; Member since: May 02, 2016

hey apple fanboy , how is it going .. before you say that samsung coping iPhone X's name you have to read this 1 - Galaxy X has been known for a while . 2 -it's actually X the 24th letter in English alphabet not number 10 . 3 - thank you .. keep scrolling

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

As an Apple fanboy speaking on behalf of the group: we don't give a shit about this phone or its name... period.

5. nikhil23

Posts: 427; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Then You shouldn't be visiting this page

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You may not, but several will, and they'll flock to Galaxy X articles to start trouble. You definitely don't speak for everyone on this one bruh. Apple trolls are just as bad, and sometimes worse than the android trolls.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4100; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Felt the need to click though... Ironic seeing as you are against others doing the same on Apple articles...

19. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

But u came to this article. U care enough to be here.

21. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

You came to this article because you care and you are afraid to accept the truth that your almighty Apple is so far behind in technology.

22. limporgyuk

Posts: 357; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I didn't know you were a mum, because its only mums that buy iphones

25. Firenze91

Posts: 205; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

So you agree? You're an apple fanboy?

35. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

kiko the monkey, you don't speak for anyone. You won't even be able to afford that Samsung.

4. dnomadic

Posts: 400; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

said what I Was thinking.... I know many will come to the conclusion of the Apple fan, but Samsung has grown to be a leader in the smartphone industry, though I will likely not buy another Samsung (even though my Note 8 is a beast) moving on to Google and Apple built devices only. I have my reasons

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Enjoy em, the Note 9 is my next phone. Nothing on the market beats Samsung's flagship phones...nothing. We all have our reasons...mine is choice.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Can you all stop the childish bs and talk about the artical. I don’t care who comes out with this multiple phone first. I am actually really excited to see this actually be applied to a usable phone that’s not just a gimmick. My guess is that this is not even going to be that cool and maybe all it’s going to be is just basically a flip phone that opens up to be a bigger phone. I just don’t see it being any better than that and actually I see it being worse then the phones that are already out. Maybe targeting the people that still like an old school flip phone that want that size but still have a bigger screen option. Probably the size of a Moto razor. That’s just what I am imagining. What gets me excited is to see if and hopefully be wrong about what this means. Is this the future or just another class. Will I want one or just stick with my slate style phone. Think about it. Somthing new something different. I really like hope and wonder.

13. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Well said, lol

15. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Well, they better not call it X!! No matter what will they mean by X, it would totally seem like a copy!

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

My wallet is DEFINITELY ready!!!

30. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Cool, judging by these comments no Android trolls will be visiting Apple articles in future. Great, the site will be far more pleasant. And thanks for clarification ahmadkun - I'm glad it's the letter X and not the number X because otherwise that would look a bit sad after the iPhone X and Samsung shouldn't do themselves down like that. Fortunately X and X are so different no-one would possibly think that. Logically follows Samsung naming convention of Galaxy T, Galaxy U, Galaxy V, Galaxy W... as they're well known for.

33. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

X is the Roman numeral for 10

8. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lolol

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

As a fan of technology, I am looking forward to see what Samsung can come up with. I am also looking forward to Apple’s rumored larger iPhone X successor (where the new UI controls should feel more natural). Why do you fanboys insist on flaming each other? Don’t have anything better to do than making the comments section a complete mess?

17. jvpphon4

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2017

The ability to fold the screen is what they call a feature. I haven't seen anything about the benefits of foldability. What makes this a "killer feature" that will change the course of techno-history? (Or why do I need it?)

28. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I hope that folding would make me hold a small phone like 4.5 inch phone to fit in my pocket easily, also as a casual phone while on street talking to somebody or ..etc, but when I am gonna watch a video, play a game ..etc then I would be able to open it to become a 6 inch device. I think that is what other people and I are exciting about.

18. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

The full extent of the benefits will come to light once it's available to the masses, and companies have time to play around with its unique properties. Who knows what they'll come up with. One benefit that we'll all have from the get go however, is the fact that it wont break when dropped. Because it's bendable, it should take the force of a drop or twist without shattering, thus giving us a truly shatterproof screen, theoretically. I'm excited at the prospect.

20. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I wonder if this will be the new flagship?

23. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

You missed the Sony Xperia X1 2008, and the Xperia X (2016)

26. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Sendo X

24. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This is propably big gimmick like curved screen (no real benefits) which i own.

27. Instigator

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Of course there's a blatant benefit, it's really not rocket science. People will be able to fit large screen devices in their pocket. Some people are always negative and hate change, and will be silent when shown to be wrong. This is the future of phones, and to me it's very obvious why.

31. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't think people want to open their phones everytime when they use it, it's so much hazzle all the time.

32. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

You can earn alot of cash by making a droptest and put it up on Youtube. World's first unbreakable screen even dropped from 100 000 feet.

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