It’s only a matter of time until foldable phones will be available in the market and it’s looking increasingly like Samsung could be the first company to commercially launch one.
Since the Korean giant first showcased a flexible display prototype called ‘Youm’ in 2013 there has been a lot of hot debate going on around the new Galaxy X that, Samsung bids, will be the first phone with a foldable screen in the world.
The release of the phone has been a constantly whelming question in the market. For at least the past two years, there have been rumors that the company is close to showing off its first foldable smartphone.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung Galaxy X has been assigned a codename “winner”. The phone will be bendable and foldable and when unfolded, it will be the size of a small tablet.
The report goes on to say that Samsung Galaxy X will be launched in early 2019. This also aligns with the previous reports that the company was planning to launch a bendable phone on Mobile World Congress in February 2019.
Samsung Galaxy X will measure 7-inches diagonally when unfolded but to fit in the hand, the phone will “fold” like a wallet.
In a 2017 patent Samsung showed that the foldable phone would hinge like a flip phone. In another patent, the company goes on to show that how the display interface will be automatically spread across both the screens when the phone will be folded.
The Wall Street Journal’s sources confirm that both of these designs could easily be featured in the end product. In the same report, it is claimed that Samsung will officially announce its Bixby speaker at its unpacked launch event of Note 9.
The president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display. But he said there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.
“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” he told reporters. “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.”
The Galaxy X is not about improving phones that are already in the market. It’s about a whole new never-before experience. While the OEMs are trying to adopt the ‘Bezel-less’ design, Samsung is a step ahead trying to take an OLED panel and turn to fold it.
However, there are reports that Apple and Huawei have also acquired patents for foldable screen technology which means all the phone giants are eyeing to produce foldable smartphones in near future.