Tuesday 19 September 2017

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Samsung's Galaxy X foldable smartphone is expected to launch in 2018. Here's everything we know so far about Samsung's fancy handset

The Samsung Galaxy X is still something of a mystery. We know it's a thing - at least in concept - but Samsung is still to divulge approximate pricing or even give it a proper reveal. one thing we do know though is that the Samsung Galaxy X is coming next year.
Yep, you read that right: 2018 will see the release of Samsung's first foldable smartphone. Speaking on Tuesday, 12 September - the same day as the iPhone 8 launch no less - president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, Koh Dong-jin said the firm will launch its foldable smartphone next year, under the Note brand.
According to Koh Dong-Jin, releasing a foldable smartphone isn't easy: "As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," Koh Don-Jin told press according toBloomberg. "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product."
There's no word yet on what this bendy phone will be called, so we're sticking with the codename Galaxy X for the time being, at least until we hear any concrete details. That being said, here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy X, including UK release date, UK price, specs and noteworthy features.

Samsung Galaxy X: Everything you need to know

  • Samsung Galaxy X slated for 2018 release
  • Limited 100,000 units at launch
  • Possibly a smartphone/tablet hybrid
Samsung has been teasing us with a foldable mobile for some time. In spite of this hype, the likelihood of Samsung planning a triple hit following the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 reveals earlier this year was always very low.
Now, our initial hope - although fleeting - was that the Galaxy X would get a mention during the Note 8 unveiling back in August 2017, but alas, there wasn't even the faintest of whiffs.
Following that, IFA Berlin was cited as the next big tech event where we could see Samsung’s elusive foldable. Reports pointed at a grand unveiling at the annual tech conference but again, there was no such mention. Our next hope? The Galaxy X will be discussed early next year.

Samsung Galaxy X: UK Release date

  • Reports suggest Q2 2018 reveal
  • Initially limited to 100,000 units
  • 2018 release
Given the unique stature of Samsung’s rumoured foldable, current speculation is that the company will only release a limited run of 100,000 devices seems valid. So, who’s going to nab one? According to SamMobile, the device will release in selected regions first to test interest prior to a wider push. Listing nine territories in total, the Samsung Galaxy X will reportedly hit the UK and US, as well as Poland and Samsung’s home of South Korea.
This could signal exclusivity with selected networks, akin to Apple’s O2 deal for the original iPhone. This is speculative at the moment, but Samsung did opt for this model last year with the Galaxy S7 Active, naming AT&T as sole US carrier. After all,100,000 units isn’t much for a brand used to owning roughly 40% of the smartphone market.

Galaxy X slated for 2018 release

The latest news suggests the Galaxy X will launch in 2018. The new details comes straight from the horse's mouth itself, with Samsung's own Koh Dong-Jin speaking to journalists on 12 September 2017. According to Bloomberg, the president of mobile business discussed the Galaxy X, and its 2018 release date: "As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," he said, continuing: "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product." Here's hoping that 2018 release doesn't get pushed back.

Samsung Galaxy X: A hybrid design?

  • 5in mobile screen and rumoured 7in tablet display
  • Device might be 4K 
  • Patented on screen hinge technology
Samsung likes to keep people guessing. A 2016 Bloomberg report suggested they’re not just working on a Samsung Galaxy X but another folding device. The first glimpse of this concept was actually shown back in 2014 through a teaser video that demonstrated a “Flexible OLED Display Phone and Tab Concept”. More recently, leaked patents have shown something resembling a slightly more typical Galaxy device but with folding functionality.
Screen size has been hotly debated, leaked patent images via SamMobile suggest it’s altered through development. The hybrid model alone is suggested to have been cut from 8in to a 7in foldout screen. While the phone screen is rumoured to be in the 5in-5.5in ballpark. These claims give weight to reports Samsung have multiple devices in development. Samsung might even still be pondering what one will make it into the public’s hands.

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