Samsung’s first folding phone is set to enter production this year and go on sale in 2019, it has been claimed. It expected to be called the Galaxy X, will have a 7.3-inch flexible OLED screen which folds inwards like a book.
According to Korean site ETNews, Samsung will develop the foldable displays by March, manufacture panels in September and start manufacturing the phone itself in November.
There’s a chance that could happen sooner rather than later though, with ET News hinting that Samsung is hosting a private gathering at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week to discuss the foldable revolution and gauge market response to the designs it’s toying with for the Galaxy X.
Samsung has already announced that it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand. It may be Galaxy Note X or Galaxy Note 9.
Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said earlier this year the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release the ‘the holy grail’ of smartphones with a bendable display. But he said at the time there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.