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Will Samsung Give Us A Foldable Phone This Year?

15 Jan, 2018
Will Samsung Give Us A Foldable Phone This Year

Remember the time, late 1990s and early 2000s, when mobile phones were considered as a style statement first and an essential communication device second. Dozens of mobile phones had flooded the market, but the flip phone was one of the most enduring designs of all times. From Samsung to Nokia, from Motorola to Sony Ericsson, each manufacturer contributed classics that set the bar for comfort, elegance and fashion of course. Mobile phones gradually turned to Smartphones and Apple initiated the gargantuan change over their primitive predecessors to include a seamless screen devoid of keyboards.

Samsung is working on a unique foldable smartphone, which is code named as Samsung X and it hopes to recreate the magic of using a flip phone once again. On Sept 21, 2017, the Korean Research Institute National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) of the Korean Communications Commission (KCC) approved the device, designated it a model number SM-G888N0 and issued the license. New patent sketches of the device followed and were submitted to the Korean Intellectual Property Office under the name “Flexible electronic device”. Let’s explore some of the solid sightings of the device as demonstrated in the patent filed.

The patent states it to be a long and narrow device with a flexible seam in the middle, allowing it to fold inwards. The patent further shares that the device can be “folded and unfolded semi-automatically” and works on various hinge mechanisms. If you are a lover of large displays and at the same time want a portable size smartphone that doesn’t outgrows you pocket size, Samsung Galaxy “X” is just what you need! With a 5-inch flexible OLED display that opens to a 7.3-inch tablet, it’s expected to have a 4K UHD resolution, making it a show stealer. The next generation of Qualcomm processors, the Snapdragon 845 could possibly power the device which will feature a rear dual camera assembly with a microSD card slot and a non-removable battery. Samsung X has managed to grab our attention for several months now but still its final design and features remain a mystery. Well we are holding our breath for Samsung to officially introduce us. The smartphone’s model number “SM-G888N0” is posted on a support page on Samsung’s site. While the page is currently empty and lists no other information, it’s not the first time we’ve seen the number appear.

The big question that needs an answer is “when will Samsung launch the device?”. After years of flexible smartphone rumors, we’ve finally reached 2018, where customer expectations are almost touching its local maxima. Samsung has confirmed that it’s working hard to overcome all the technical challenges that are holding the device back from commercialization and it’s possible we will hear more about the Samsung X at MWC 2018, which kicks off this February. MWC 2018 is where Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and perhaps bring us a little closer to Samsung’s plan about Galaxy X launch. Fingers crossed.

Manufacturers, such as LG and Lenovo, have also been working on flexible displays. However, as the world’s number one manufacturer, Samsung’s product will no doubt be the most anticipated. You might have to wait till the end of 2018 or early 2019, but this device is going to create a market that’s one step higher than the premium smartphone market marked by Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and upcoming Samsung Galaxy 9.

The launch of Samsung galaxy X by the South Korean android manufacturer is expected to be an interesting showcase of technology prowess in the smartphone land as we have been eagerly waiting for this trendy launch to compensate for the retro nostalgia they’ve had for years where we will be able to end your call in the most satisfying way, just slam/shut your clamshell. How cool is that?