Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone and has plans to release it next year, according to recent reports.
This is the first time that Samsung has mentioned a foldable phone, according to Samsung-tracking site SamMobile. However, Tom’s Guide reported that the foldable Samsung smartphone has been in the works for years and the company showcased some prototypes a few years ago.
Either way, it’s definitely a reality now and will be out as soon as Samsung works out some technical challenges it’s having with the device.
“We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap. We are currently addressing some technological hurdles to commercialize such a device. We will launch a foldable device when we are fully ready, and we are aiming to do so next year,” Samsung CEO DJ Koh said at a news conference recently held in South Korea.
Whether the foldable smartphone will be a part of the Galaxy S lineup, Galaxy Note lineup, or something else completely remains unclear, according to SamMobile.
So what will the phone look like? There are reportedly some prototypes that point to the device folding at the center and then extending to have a larger screen size, similar to a tablet. While some say that it would simply fold in the middle to better fit inside a pocket or handbag.
According to Forbes, this device is rumored to be called the Galaxy X Folding Phone and it has already passed Bluetooth certification and radio certification, which all phones need before being placed on the market. The publication also reported that it looks like the Galaxy X release date could come before the Galaxy S9.
The Galaxy X will feature a bezel-less OLED design that makes it fold, according to Forbes, and it will be half the size when not in use.
Check in with us frequently for more information on this foldable phone as it becomes available.