Samsung Galaxy X: Will the First Foldable Smartphone Release Next Year?

Economy - Himanshu Gill - Nov 15,2016

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samsung galaxy x will the first foldable smartphone release next year

If rumors are to be believed, Samsung is all set to release its latest innovation in the smartphone market. World’s first foldable mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy X is believed to be releasing next year.

Samsung applied for a patent at the Korea intellectual property office earlier this year. It mentions a long and slim Samsung handset with a flexible seam in the middle that allows it to fold!

This sounds much like the flip phones that ruled the market in the 2000’s. Galaxy X, however is much different than what flip phones like Motorola Razr offered us. It can be folded and unfolded semi-automatically. Moreover, the touch screen itself can get folded that would provide an all new display for the users.

The idea of foldable phone from Samsung dates back to 2011. The tech-giant introduced a prototype with a foldable Active Matrix OLED display at that time. The prototype was appreciated for its performance and screen visibility despite an awkward appearance.

The device, also termed as ‘Project Valley’ is in buzz to release sometime in the spring season of 2017, along with the much conventional Samsung Galaxy S8.

Only information available about the Project Valley is through the filed patent as the company is still cautious about releasing any official statements about the phone. As per the initial images of the design, the bottom of the screen seems to have a curved edge, rather similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Other information available about the specifications of the phone reveal a 3GB RAM, a non-removable battery and a MicroSD card slot for an expandable memory.

The only big factor would surely be the price of the phone. Samsung is already facing criticism for its Note 7 explosions and needs to do something unique to grab heavy attention in the market. Affordability of Galaxy X would be a decisive factor in Samsung’s future market prospects.