Samsung Could Launch Foldable Galaxy X Phone Next Year

After working on foldable displays for years, multiple reports suggest that Samsung may be ready to introduce its first flexible smartphone in 2019 (possibly in time for Mobile World Congress in February). Dubbed the Galaxy X, the phone could cost as much as $1,850, according to Kim Jang-yeol of Golden Bridge Investment. Components needed to produce the new phones have reportedly already been ordered by the South Korean company, and in its end-of-2017 financial report Samsung addressed plans to “differentiate its smartphones by adopting cutting edge technologies, such as foldable OLED displays.”

“Samsung hasn’t been shy about the Galaxy X’s existence,” reports Digital Trends. The phone’s model number already appears “on a support page on Samsung’s site” and “was also listed on documents for Bluetooth testing. Then it was referenced in Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance and in filings submitted to the National Radio Research Agency of the Korea Communications Commission.”

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According to The Korea Times, “Samsung has filed several patents regarding the phone including one on the ability to fold without damaging any ‘internal components.’ Its latest patent, dubbed ‘artificial muscle’ is for components moving in sync with the screen to protect them.”

Golden Bridge Investment expects the phone to feature a 7.3-inch OLED screen. “When the device is folded, the display size is estimated to be 4.5-inches,” said Kim.

“This new device is an interesting thing as it will have two inside panels and one outside panel with the two inside panels forming the 7.3-inch screen when the phone is unfolded,” added analyst Park Hyung-woo of Shinhan Financial.

“Screens without bezels, like the ones used on the Galaxy S8, may be used to create a seamless, one-screen look,” notes DT. “A recent patent confirmed that Samsung is experimenting with even more bezel-less phones — possibly even a completely bezel-less front with an under-display fingerprint sensor. If the Galaxy X was to pull this off, it could usher in a new era of smartphone design.”