Samsung may release its Galaxy X foldable smartphone in 2018, rumors suggest

Samsung may release its Galaxy X foldable smartphone in 2018, rumors suggest
Up until now, it was believed that the foldable smartphone, that Samsung is allegedly working on, will be released by the end of this year. However, new rumors from South Korea claim that such a schedule might be too optimistic, and the device will actually see the light of day in the first half of 2018.

According to unnamed industry sources, the so-called Samsung Galaxy X will rely heavily on a material called “polyimide film”. It's a very thin, flexible material with high heat-resistance, that remains stable in a wide range of temperatures, from extreme cold, to scorching heat. And, according to some sources, it will be a key component in foldable phones, due to its thinness and flexibility.

It is rumored that Samsung's supply of polyimide film will come from the South Korean manufacturer Kolon Industries. However, the company will not be ready to produce the film until the first half of next year. In August last year, it announced that it will complete its investments in relevant facilities by the end of January 2018, so mass production of the film should come shortly after that.

An unnamed industry official said, “The prototype of the Galaxy X can [appear] this year, but the device will be commercialized in earnest in the first half of next year in consideration of a relevant components mass production schedule.”

With Apple being granted a license for a bendable phone, and LG rumored to be in the game as well, Samsung might face a tougher opposition than previously expected. So, we can only assume that the leading smartphone manufacturers will be racing to mass-produce the world's first foldable smartphone, and it's still anyone's game.

source: BusinessKorea via SamMobile

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8 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I'm curious about lifetime expectancy of such device, will display degrade over time (that part that bends in particular)?

2. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've been wondering the same thing. One would have to assume and hope it will be as durable as the charging port?

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well apparently several engineers point to that there has been found solutions to the wear and tear from constantly bending, not just by Samsung. It is quite interesting from my perspective, none of them have really revealed the secret though.

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I saw a concept in wich the screen dont fet fully bended its still make the phone foldable but the part where its bend dont fully bend together. thats could fix the lifetime expectancy but will make it a bit thicker.

3. airoid

Posts: 128; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

There are rumors foldable iPhone in 2021 to begin a new 20' decade. "Samsung stole Apple design" ifans

4. willard12 unregistered

I'm sure Steve Jobs was working on this 20 years ago.

8. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Get off the pot man

5. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've wanted something like this for a couple years. 3-4" phone screen, opening to a 6-8" screen or larger. But, I sure won't be one of the first to get one. The price will be WAY high, you can bet, and will most likely have bugs. By the time the 2nd generation comes out, the price might come down, and the kinks will be worked out, which is why I didn't get a smart phone until 2010...give them a little time to mature.

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