We could say it has been ‘ages’ now that we have been hearing about the Samsung foldable smartphone, and we wouldn’t be entirely wrong. We have come across a bunch of the rumored device’s patents, we have come across a couple of leaks as well, and recently a little rumor about when we can expect to see the smartphone in the market. However, through the myriad of rumors and leaks, we never got to hear an official word about the device from the company.
Reportedly, Samsung brought both infolding and outfolding prototypes, but will likely retail the infolding type, keeping the outfolding type for the next generation of bendable handsets due to its higher curvature when folded, hence the need for increased durability. Further, the actual screen size of the device when unfurled was reportedly 7.3-inch.
“Samsung attracted more clients to the private meeting compared to last year. The phone development seems to be almost finished, raising expectations for the phone launch,” the publication quoted a person with knowledge of the CES meeting that took place on January 10.
The report believes that the device was ready enough for the Galaxy X to go into mass production by November this year, as was rumored before. Apparently, Samsung is planning to start manufacturing its first foldable phone in November 2018, with the launch likely to be scheduled for the month after.
It was earlier reported that Samsung will begin production of the foldable OLED displays in March this year and build up towards mass manufacturing in September, in preparation for manufacturing of the whole phone in November. The new Samsung foldable phone is rumored to be announced and/or launched in December this year or early next year.