Samsung Will Launch A Flexible Phone To Take On The iPhone Xby Ajinkya September 25, 2017
Just a few years ago, bezel-less phones seemed like an idea from science fiction. But thanks to brands such as Samsung, ultra-slim bezels and the curved screen became a reality. While Samsung completely got rid of the side bezels, Apple made the smartphone forehead and chin obsolete. Goes without saying that the other brands are now going to follow this trend.
While, most brands are figuring out the engineering required to get rid of bezels, Samsung is already a step ahead. The Korean brand is now gearing up to develop a first foldable smartphone with a flexible screen. The idea of a foldable phone isn’t new, as Samsung has been working on it since 2011. The main challenge here is to bring the concept into mass production. There have been plenty of concept videos and prototypes displayed over the years by Samsung, but none saw the daylight due to production issues.
But cometh 2017 and the leaks by a certain GalaxyClub claims that Samsung may have got a breakthrough and the first foldable phone with a flexible screen could be arriving soon. The device is said to be codenamed Galaxy X and goes by the model number SM-G888N0. As per the patent, it sports an ‘artificial muscle’ in the central part, which protects the internal components while the screen is bent. The Samsung SM-G888N0 received its certification from Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG and also it has received its certification from the NRRA (National Radio Research Agency) in South Korea. This might mean that the Galaxy X is close to production with an imminent launch at the end of 2017 or probably early 2018.
It is speculated that there will be two versions hitting the production line namely Galaxy X and Galaxy X1. On a related note, Samsung’s Korean compatriot LG is also making advancements with the flexible Plastic OLED. So, expect the beginning of the flexible smartphone era in 2018.