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First Samsung Foldable Display Smartphone Prototype to Start Production From Q3, 2017

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Mar 14, 2017
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Samsung always introduces a host of smartphones per year but it is adding one more unique product to the entire portfolio. And if you have not heard about it till now, it has been named Galaxy X, according to a trademark filing. Reports on when this particular device will reach the masses are still unclear but according to the latest info we received, Samsung is expected to start the prototype production phase of its foldable smartphone very soon.

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It appears that Samsung is not the only company that has been rumored to be working on foldable display smartphone prototypes. With increasing competition from a slew of Chinese manufacturers, Samsung has been forced to dramatically increased prototype production of its upcoming foldable display frontier phone, according to ETNews.

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Production of these prototypes will start from the third quarter of this year, so it does not look like they will be ready for the masses at least until the start of 2018. Just like the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, the rumored Galaxy X is expected to be placed in the premium smartphone category, suggesting that it will fetch a high price when it is officially ready to be stacked on to retail stores. A foldable display handset like this will most definitely be taking advantage of Samsung’s Super AMOLED panel, but information regarding its insides are very scarce.

We are under the assumption that the device could be packing Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset manufactured on the 10nm FinFET architecture. With foldable displays getting showcased at earlier trade shows, it was only a matter of time before they got reduced in size to the point where they could be used on smartphones and tablets. Galaxy X is rumored to feature a book-like form factor, with the foldable display being flexible enough to turn into an actual book.

Reports have not detailed how many units Samsung has projected to make for consumers but we reckon that since the process is going to be extremely complex and expensive, a limited number of units are going to be sold initially. Samsung also does not want to shift sales momentum away from its Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, so we believe that this step will be necessary.

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What other upgrades do you think Galaxy X will be shipped with? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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