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. For so long we have just had theory in regards to the much-anticipated Samsung foldable phone.
While Koh didn't share more details regarding Galaxy F, it'll be interesting to see what kind of mechanism Samsung employs to differentiate it from a "folded tablet". It can be used as a tablet in its unfolded form, but it can also be used as a dual-screened smartphone once the device is bent. In that light, he says each device, feature, and innovation should have a meaningful objective. "So when the end customer uses it, [they think] "wow, this is the reason Samsung made it". However, he suggested that more details would be revealed at the Samsung Developer Conference scheduled for November 7 and 8. The ideal foldable Smartphone would have a single display that can fold.
In July, Samsung announced that its recently developed flexible and unbreakable OLED-smartphone panel had received certification from the US-based global safety consulting and certification company, Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Koh said at the IFA electronics show in Germany last week.
A new type of foldable smartphone from Samsung may get revealed before the end of 2018. With that general framework set forth by their CEO, Samsung's developers have been working to make sure the new device is not a gimmick. But, while they give us some idea of what a Galaxy X might look like, they're no substitute for a proper announcement.
It first released a prototype bendable OLED display in 2012 and then created an advertisement showing off a possible foldable phone design in 2014.
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Koh expressed that this smartphone would have novel usefulness and not simply be limited to the usefulness of a normal smartphone and tablet. Typically, Samsung starts shipping its phones a couple of weeks after the launch event which means we could see the device in shops by mid November.