The long-rumored foldable smartphone from Samsung dubbed the Galaxy X was first spotted in a patent application earlier last year, and many rumors have since suggested that the handset will be released sometime in 2017. While that did not happen, a new report from South Korea indicates the mobile device with a foldable display is likely to hit mass production in November.
According to ET News, which cites multiple industry sources privy to Samsung’s plan, the development stage for the foldable smartphone will supposedly begin this March while its manufacturing phase is set to kick off in September, with the actual rollout of the device set to start in December of this year or early in 2019.
But that was quickly refuted by Samsung’s DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, who revealed that until a good UX becomes available by their Engineers, he doesn’t plan to give the foldable phones project a go-ahead. Hence, a 2018 release is not on the cards, but he did leave us an estimate for release of SamsunGalaxys first foldable phone when the US should be ready, too: end of 2019, as reported by ZDNet.
During a meeting hosted by the Korea Display Industry Association (KDIA) last year, Samsung Display’s principal engineer Kim Tae-woong indicated that foldable OLED displays might be rolled out by 2019 as Samsung is said to be awaiting manufacturing capabilities and market demand to grow before producing foldable smartphones.
In regard to the specs of the phone, rumor has it that the Galaxy X will sport a 7.3-inch flexible OLED display that can fold inward. However, nothing is confirmed yet about the foldable phone’s specs and features, so take this with a pinch of salt.
Expected release date?
The earliest of rumors, which began appearing in the year 2016 itself, pointed to 2017-end possible unveiling. However, we know that it didn’t happen, and while recent rumors raised hopes with a released scheduled for 2018-end, Samsung’s president for Mobile Business, DJ Koh, has confirmed that there are no plans to release the foldable phone until the end of 2019.
The reason? Well, he said they need to develop a User Interface better suited to foldable phones then before begun commercial production for this type of handsets — which actually doesn’t seem very fair: why the company doesn’t have it already if they have been planning it since probably the year 2016, when first rumors started to spring in.
What do you think? Are we actually okay with the dawn of bezel-less displays that we could actually really, really wait for the foldable tech?