Samsung’s foldable smartphone has been in the rumor mills for years now. The rumored smartphone has been given the moniker ‘Galaxy X’, and has been leaked on numerous occasions. We could be finally seeing this long rumored smartphone as Samsung has confirmed a 2018 launch. Samsung has confirmed to Bloomberg that it will launch a foldable smartphone next year under the Galaxy Note series.
Samsung’s president for mobile business, Koh Dong-Jin, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying, “As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year. When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.” Although a timeframe for 2018 is set, Samsung may delay the release of its foldable smartphone. The company says that it could face many obstacles in the way of making its foldable smartphone, and accordingly the launch date would be set. It is speculated that Samsung would be facing mass production issues for its smartphone with a bendable display.
Speaking about the Galaxy X, the alleged smartphone has received Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi Alliance certification. Based on past rumors and leaks, the Galaxy X is expected to come with a flexible or secondary display. Patents reveal that the secondary display will turn on when the smartphone is folded. The bendable section will be in the middle thereby doubling it as a flip phone.
It is further rumored to house a physical home button up front. In addition to the Galaxy X, some reports suggest another Galaxy X1 foldable smartphone by Samsung. These two smartphones are reportedly being built under the codename Project Valley. ALSO READ: Foldable Samsung Galaxy smartphone receives certification in South Korea; expected to release in 2019
In addition to this Koh also said that Samsung is working with Harman for its smart speaker. Samsung’s smart speaker will be powered by Bixby, and its development had been already confirmed by Koh at IFA 2017. With its Bixby-powered smart speaker, Samsung would be joining new entrants like Apple and Andy Rubin’s Essential. RELATED: Samsung confirms working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker, to launch ‘soon’