Samsung, one of the top smartphone makers in the world, had earlier confirmed that it was working on smartphone with foldable screen. Now fresh details have emerged about the upcoming foldable phone that is likely to be called the Galaxy X. According to fresh reports, the phone will feature a curvature of 3R and it will be inward foldable.
In other words, you will be able to roll in or close the Galaxy X (if that is indeed the name of the phone). The Business Korea, a website in Samsung’s home country South Korea, reports that the company was working on both outward folding and inward folding designs. But in the end it decided to pursue the inward folding design.
Earlier this month, Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin had said that the company would launch the foldable phone next month. “We are currently dealing with some hurdles to do so and we will release our first foldable smartphone after overcoming the hurdles,” he reportedly said.
Details around Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X are scarce. But it is safe to assume that this will be a high-end phone. Also, everything right now is more speculation. But if Samsung is indeed launching the phone next year, it is possible that the company may launch it alongside the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. This would be taking a leaf out of Apple’s playbook. Apple this year launched three iPhones — the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. The first two are continuation of the regular iPhone line whereas the last one is the futuristic iPhone (at least for Apple) with features like almost bezel-less screen and 3D face recognition.
Just the way launch date is a complete mystery for the Galaxy X, its hardware too is totally unknown. Given how radical is the phone, nothing is certain. Although we do know that Samsung has foldable OLED screens in its labs is working on them for quite some time. But the new design will also mean significant changes in the way the smartphone is made and that makes it very difficult right now to predict what kind of design, hardware, cameras, sensors or functionality the Galaxy X may have.
In 2013, the company demonstrated Youm, a bendable display at the CES in Las Vegas. While showing the display, a Samsung spokesperson showed how flexible the screen was. But since then Samsung hasn’t talked much about the Youm, although it has shown futuristic concepts of foldable displays in some videos.
Currently, even Samsung right now admits that the problems in creating a phone with flexible display are immense. “As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year. When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product,” Koh reportedly said recently. But it is worth recalling that Samsung is currently the only phone makers — and display maker — that has mass market phones with curved screen selling. The company currently has three phones with two edges of the screen curved that it sells in the market. These are the Galaxy S8, The Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8.