Samsung’s foldable display smartphone has been in the works for long, and the company seems to be coming closer and closer to an official launch of the flexible smartphone.
The company filed a trademark for the device at the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Tuesday, indicating that the phone is on track for a 2017 release. The company has already applied for patents for flexible phone technology, but a trademark definitely gives credence to reports that the device would actually be called the Galaxy X.
The Galaxy X is expected to come in two variants — a foldable one with two inward folding displays and a mechanical hinge with a screen, which would combine to form a 7-inch tablet; and a flexible one, based on a technology showcased by Samsung in 2013, which could double up as a smartwatch and rolled across your wrist like a band.
Both variants are different from traditional smartphones. Earlier reports suggested that the device might be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — although now it seems unlikely.
According to reports, the device is expected to be made in limited numbers, rather than being a mass-market device like its sibling — the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy X is expected to come with high-end features such as a 10nm processor, possibly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 6GB RAM to provide the processing power needed for such a smartphone. The device is also expected to have a dual camera — a combination of 13-megapixel and 12-megapixel camera sensors.
In terms of availability, the device could be launched by the end of 2017 or latest by the first half of 2018, according to Phonearena. Given its features, a premium price tag is highly likely.
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