THE SAMSUNG GALAXY X is apparently a real thing, will be foldable and will reportedly launch later this year
So says a report at the Korea Herald. It has heard from sources close to Samsung that the Galaxy X will be announced in the third quarter of 2017, debunking previous chatter of an MWC unveil and hinting that a launch could take place at IFA in September.
"Samsung is expected to roll out more than 100,000 units of fold-out devices in the third quarter," the anonymous source said.
The loose-lipped source also claims that the flexible handset will fold out and transform into a 7in tablet.
The report says the Samsung Galaxy X, also known as 'Project Valley', will have display panels that fold outwards to become a tablet, after initially experimenting with smartphones that tuck the screen inside when folder. Samsung apparently concluded that users "may find it inconvenient to unfold the phones every time they want to use them".
"Since the company already secured fold-in phone technology, it was not a big challenge to shift into the fold-out phones," the source said.
We don't know much more about the so-called Galaxy X, but it's likely it will feature an OLED display, with Samsung having previous shown off a flexible OLED prototype.
Though the report sounds confident Samsung will launch the foldable phone later this year, it says there's still a possibility Samsung may delay it if the technology is not ready for a consumer release.
Samsung told us that it "does not comment on rumour or speculation." Naturally.
Separate rumours claim that Samsung rival LG is planning to produce 100,000 foldable devices in Q4. Sources claim that LG has more advanced outward folding tech than Samsung, but adds that the firm may let other companies tap its technology rather than use it for its own products. µ
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