Samsung's foldable Galaxy X tipped to be like a bendy Note 8 with an extra screen

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X tipped to be like a bendy Note 8 with an extra screen
We've been hearing it for years, but it may finally be happening - the bendable phone, that is. While Huawei could beg to be first to market with one, Samsung may outshine it next year, as the design of its purported foldable Galaxy X, or Wing, or whatever it names it, is reportedly going to be finished in June, tips Korean media.

Samsung allegedly brought both infolding and outfolding prototypes at a secret meeting around the CES expo earlier this year, and its presentation attracted larger than the usual crowd of investors and carrier reps. The agile Galaxy it outs will likely be of the infolding type, keeping the outfolders for a next generation of bendable handsets, due to their 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 above. As for the actual screen size when unfurled, we've been hearing tablet size, but today's report fleshes out the display specs a bit more. It turns out that what Samsung has showed to the VIP public earlier this year, is a device with the equivalent of two 3.5" halves, and one extra 3.5" screen on the outside to serve as an information ticker when the device is tucked in.

The total footprint of the Galaxy X prototype it showed, is said to be no larger than the Note 8 when unfolded, meaning that Samsung could have given up on the phone-to-tablet idea for the sake of minimizing the handset's footprint. It's still not clear which design will make it to the final production samples this summer, but some part makers have already begun taking orders.

Samsung is reportedly going to make trial batches, and prep for 0.5-2 million units overall, but the Galaxy X is going to land next year at the earliest, claims the source. As to why such caution with the release, one industry insider says that "As the replacement cycle of smartphones has become longer, Samsung Electronics has been unable to delay the introduction of innovative designs like foldable." Mass production of said displays and phones, however, is too big of an undertaking still, even for a company like Samsung, hence the modest shipment goals. We can think of yet another reason to be humble with the sales goals on an eventual Galaxy S - the pricing - but mum's the word on that front just yet.

source: The Bell

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14 Comments

1. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I hope they don't call it "X". I'm hoping for a reboot or something. Samsung Galaxy Samsung Phone. Idk

2. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

They should keep the S10 name (but i know it will not) & launch a seperate series of flagship name for foldable phone call it Y,U,V,T or Z for replacement of S,note flagship phone in 2020.

12. Venom

Posts: 2683; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That is a terrible idea.

3. Rigmaster

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

The new flip-phones are coming.

4. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

I don't care for a foldable phone. Just make me a phone with front fingerprint scanner and a really good DSLR camera quality.

6. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Pussy cat next year all range of phones brands will have underscreen fingerprint scanner so very few will be there with one on front or back and let alone be side.U got to buy this year only whether it be any brand.JDi has already develop lcd display innscreen fingerprint scanner sensor so do synaptic n qualcomm for oled display

7. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Fantastic move from Samsung. Wait for those anti-Samsung activists to bash and call it gimmick. This time if Samsung isn't willing to sell flexible OLED screen to others they won't have a chance to produce such a foldable phone.

11. gamehead unregistered

I want to see it

13. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 184; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Can't wait to see this phone. It doesn't matter if huawei is first to it, Samsung's quality is on a whole nother level.

14. emjoigently

Posts: 129; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

I'd rather it folded out wide. A really, really tall screen isn't all that useful to be honest.

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