There have been plenty of rumors going around that Samsung is planning a foldable smartphone due to launch next year. While the concept isn’t exactly new, industry experts have suggested smartphone OEMs to take that direction in the near future. In fact, ZTE has even launched a dual-screen foldable phone last year, dubbed as the ZTE Axion M. Now, while we’re eagerly waiting for Samsung’s foldable device, a few images have been leaked online, revealing one of Samsung’s first prototypes.
The images of the concept device were leaked by MMDDJ, on Twitter and were also spotted by Slashleaks. The prototype carries dual-screens that are connected via a hinge in the middle. The screen on the right carries a home button and the Android navigational keys that we’ve familiarized with Samsung smartphones for so many years. The other screen doesn’t carry these buttons and more likely serves as the secondary screen. It folds onto the back of the other screen, which based on its thickness also carries all the hardware.
While there are no specifications mentioned, other pictures of the device point out that the phone comes with a microUSB port, 3.5mm jack and a speaker grille at the bottom. There only seems to one camera on the device, which is placed at the front of the primary screen. It’s also equipped with an LED flash. The SIM card and the microSD card slot are placed at the top.
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It should be noted that the prototype was developed between 2015 and 2016, and was cancelled shortly after. We don’t think Samsung’s new foldable device would be similar to this variant. From rumors we’ve seen in the last few months, Samsung plans on designing a foldable smartphone that will carry a flexible display with no hinge and will be in sync with current smartphone design trends. It is expected to be called the Samsung Galaxy X and is rumored to be priced at $2000 (approximately Rs 1,36,000).