Samsung has been playing with the idea of foldable smartphones for nearly a decade. It was eight years ago when they first showcased a flexible display, but it is now finally ready to turn concept into reality. The latest leaks tease us with some exciting news...the release date of the flexible wonder.
Galaxy X launch at CES to save the MWC for Galaxy S10
It's not the first rumor about the possible release date of Samsung Galaxy X, the incoming Korean folding smartphone. This time it is the Chinese leaker IceUniverse on Weibo that indicates a possible time window for the arrival of the Galaxy X.
According to the source, we should be able to admire the device during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, then again in January of next year, while the MWC in Barcelona (or a simultaneous dedicated Unpacked event) will be reserved for the mainstream Galaxy S10. These statements would confirm, if verified, all the rumors that have spread recently.
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- When will the Samsung Galaxy X be released?
- How will the foldable display work?
- What will the device look like?
- What other special features could it have?
The foldable smartphone has been a long time coming. Samsung has been playing with the idea for a long while, as you can see in the patents below, and this video from 2013:
There have been rumors about this device recently, some saying we would see a prototype soon, but our hopes have just been dashed. According to Korea Herald, the Principal Engineer of Samsung Display, Kim Tae-woong said that the bezel-less display is a success right now and there is no need to rush a technology that won't be ready for commercial launch until 2019.
The production of this mystery flexible phone production should start by the end of 2018, unless there are complications with the development of the UX.
Samsung's official Korean language website was recently updated with a support page for device SM-G888N0, which happens to be the model number for the Samsung Galaxy X (N0 is for the Korean market). Initially brought to light by Mobiel Kopen, this support page doesn't give much in the way of details regarding the specifications of the foldable phone, but it is an indication that Samsung is preparing for an official announcement very soon.
The presence of the support page suggests that Samsung could be ahead of schedule in its ambition to unveil its first foldable smartphone. Could we be looking at an end of 2018 release after all?
Everyone wants a big screen, no one wants to carry it around. It's the paradox of the smartphone world that drives us crazy almost as much as battery life vs. battery size. Foldable screens are here to save the day.
First things first, the Galaxy X will be foldable, but we don't mean "foldable" like your old flip phone. There has been separate rumor that Samsung has been working on a different foldable device (without a foldable screen) that would have a hinge like a laptop, allowing two AMOLED screens to rest on top of each other. To illustrate, check out the patent below.
Below, you'll see the patent for a true foldable screen. This is what we mean when we say the Galaxy X will be foldable. You'll actually be able to bend the screen without snapping it in half and rendering it useless. How well this will hold up over time could be an issue. Constant bending and pressure could cause screen damage, especially if you sit down with your phone in your back pocket.
Hopefully Samsung will be able to design around a normal user's behavior patterns, which tend to include throwing your cell phone into bag full of stuff, dropping it, sitting on it and, even worse, letting your child play with it.
Below you can see an old example of Samsung's attempts at making a curved screen, which show a somewhat thick and bulky design concept. Could the Galaxy X also be this bulky, or will it be thin and elegant? The success of the idea depends on the execution and Samsung's ability to design with the user in mind.
The Galaxy X will have 4K resolution according to SamMobile, but not much else is known about the display's specs yet. It is rumored that the touch area will extend beyond the front of the device to its edges, and work like a Galaxy S7 Edge in that respect.
The overall design of the Galaxy X could feature the same Galaxy DNA we're all used to, but there's no telling what could change due to the foldable screen. Camera, button, and fingerprint sensor placement could really affect the look of the device. The overall shape will obviously change, and rounded edges could make the device more ergonomic, both when folded and when open.
The Galaxy X is likely to take advantage of biometric technologies for security, including the usual fingerprint scanner plus facial and eye recognition, and palm scanning.
A big and bendy battery
According to a new report from ithome, Samsung's battery division SDI has completed foldable battery designs with capacities ranging from 3,000 mAh and 6,000 mAh.
Battery life is one of the main modern gripes about smartphones so a 6,000 mAh battery (double that of the Galaxy S9!) would certainly be more than welcome, especially given that the Galaxy X is expected to have a large power-hungry screen.
For a rumored price of around $1800, I expect to see the Galaxy X packing nothing but the best Samsung has to offer on the inside.
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of foldable screen technology? Are you interested in trying the Galaxy X, or do you prefer to stick with the current style of phones until they've worked out all the kinks? Let us know in the comments.