Samsung To Debut Foldable Smartphone; floated the idea previous year

Hancom Office S in action on the Galaxy Note 9. Image Samsung

Hancom Office S in action on the Galaxy Note 9. Image Samsung

Samsung may soon unveil it's much awaited foldable smartphone that has been in talks for many years now.

The Galaxy X, Samsung's first attempt at a foldable smartphone, is something that has been confirmed to be in the works by Samsung's mobile division head DJ Koh, although firm release schedules are hard to come by. While Koh didn't confirm those details, he said the development process is "complicated", but "nearly concluded".

Here he wonders why a consumer would buy it if the unfolded experience is the same as a tablet.

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Samsung has been toying with the idea of bendable OLED displays for years and even demoed a prototype back in 2012.

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"So every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer".

Koh said the device could be unveiled this year at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco, but gave no indication of when it might go on sale. In the past, we've seen devices using hinges to connect two screens, but Samsung is expected to use a flexible display to give an actual foldable experience with Galaxy F.

A new type of foldable smartphone from Samsung may get revealed before the end of 2018. It is worth noting that, the manufacturing process of this foldable smartphone is fairly hard. That's why the Korean giant wants to embed functionalities that will make customers realize that the form factor lets them do things that were unimaginable on other devices. "But I have changed my strategy from this year to bring technology and differentiation points starting from the mid-end", Koh told CNBC in an exclusive interview last week.

He said that users can utilize the greater part of the utilizations on foldable status.

That seems to indicate this will be a dual-display device, with a smaller external screen, and then a larger one that's revealed by opening a clamshell. The implication of that being a Samsung foldable phone, tentatively dubbed the Galaxy X by industry watchers, would hit the market as an actual product.

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