New reports have surfaced today regarding Samsung‘s plans to release a smartphone with a foldable display, believed to be the Galaxy X. There has been plenty of evidence indicating Samsung has such a device in the works and Samsung’s DJ Koh has indicated a desire to put such a device on the market. An actual device with a folding display that is available to general consumers has been rumored for years. Koh appears to have put a bit of damper on this in comments at CES 2018.
Earlier today news surfaced from Korea that indicated Samsung was transitioning their foldable display capability from development over to mass-production. If accurate, sources believe Samsung would be in a position to ramp up with production commencing in September with units hitting the market in December 2018.
These same sources also indicate the new display will be 7.3-inches in size with an inward folding design. 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.
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. Koh said, “It is difficult to talk about the date of the launch now. We want to unveil the products properly but now seems a bit early. We want to have a good reaction from customers once the phone is out in the market. But there are still durability issues that we need to address.”
Those issues appear to also be referenced in the earlier reports that say one of the final items Samsung is working on is ensuring the displays maintain a high quality of performance and do not end up doing things like forming creases where they are constantly folded. That will be important to Samsung as they are believed to be planning to release the flexible screen smartphone as an “ultra-premium” device a step above current flagship level smartphones. Needless to say, if consumers are putting out that kind of money, they will expect a flawless product.
Keep an eye on TalkAndroid for more on the latest news coming out of CES 2018 this week.