Samsung Wants To Launch A Foldable Galaxy Device In 2018
While Apple took to the Steve Jobs Theater to launch the all-new iPhone X, Samsung has expressed its aim to release a foldable display based Android device in 2018. According to a report by the Associated Press, the phone would feature a bendable display and will be released under the company’s flagship Galaxy Note line. Samsung unveiled the foldable tab/phone concept in 2013 and unveiled an improved prototype at the MWC 2017, which suggests that a working retail model of the ambitious foldable smartphone might not be too far away.
Dongjin Koh, President of mobile business at Samsung told some reporters at a news conference in South Korea that there are still hurdles to overcome and a possible release would be pushed back if the issues are not resolved in time.
When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product. We are digging thoroughly into several issues we must overcome, as we don’t want to just make a few, sell a few and be done. We want to hear that Samsung made a very good product. We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap.
The foldable smartphone has long been touted as the Galaxy X, which now sounds like a rip-off of the iPhone X which means Samsung will definitely not go with this name. A number of patents as well as Samsung’s own concept video from CES 2013 tell us what to expect from the Galaxy X. Samsung is most likely to start small, with a smartphone that folds halfway like a wallet. Another design, in line with Samsung’s prototype unveiling, could see the phone unfold into a full-size tablet.