Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Samsung foldable smartphone likely to enter mass-production in November

Samsung foldable smartphone likely to enter mass-production in November

He also shared that the long-rumored foldable smartphone will be launched sometime next year, although he has previously said they are targeting 2018 for that. Referred to as Galaxy X, the device has featured in countless number of leaks and concept designs so far.

If you need perspective, watch this video below, that we first saw some four years ago, in a teaser ad for the foldable smartphone. It looks like that might not necessarily be the case. Koh said, "It is hard to talk about the date of the launch now. We may be a latecomer in the market but have full potential to lead the market", he said. This is also an indication that the Galaxy S9 could go on sale as early as March this year.

During a discussion taking place at CES 2018 today, Samsung's Koh briefly touched on flexible phones and seemed reluctant to commit to any kind of time frame.

Earlier on Monday, a report from ETNews offered a different view on the matter.

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The phone features a 5-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) Super AMOLED display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat.

If this report is to be believed, Samsung has finally chose to start the production of the foldable OLED displays in coming March.

Assuming that production stays on track for November, we could see a consumer launch of the phone either in December or early 2019. This could have been Samsung's motivation to finally consider launching a smartphone that can be folded out to become a tablet. That's hardly a surprise, considering that Samsung has demoed plenty of foldable smartphone concepts at the same show in previous years. Supposedly prototypes may be available at a special private space Samsung will setup at CES 2018 to get key partners up to speed on development of the product.

The report notes that when it launches, the Galaxy X will be a premium phone, both when it comes to performance and price.

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