The Samsung Galaxy X is a strange one. Its existence is still something of a mystery – we know it’s definitely a thing (we’ve seen the concepts) and we know that it bends. The thing is, we don’t know how it achieves this technical wizardry, or know any concrete details surrounding Samsung’s fancy-pants smartphone for that matter.
There is one thing we do know, though: the Samsung Galaxy X will launch in 2018. Expected to make an appearance during the CES consumer technology show in January, Samsung is primed to make the grand unveiling.
How do we know this? Well, just last month Samsung’s president of mobile business, Koh Dong-Jin, said the firm will launch its foldable smartphone next year under the Note brand, according to Bloomberg.
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Not only that, but recent internet rumblings indicate that the Samsung Galaxy X will be a limited run – exclusive only to South Korea with only 100,000 units produced. It seems the South Korean launch will be a test, and a way to drum up interest on Samsung’s foldable handset.
The Galaxy X has also recently passed certification in South Korea, too. According to Let’sGoDigital, the handset’s model number – SM-G888NO popped up in a certification filing from the Korean National Radio Research Agency, following a filing for its Bluetooth certification, and again popping up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, again for certification.
There’s no word yet on what this bendy phone will be called, so we’re sticking with the codename Galaxy X for the time being, at least until we hear any concrete details. That being said, here’s absolutely everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy X, including UK release date, UK price, specs and noteworthy features.
Samsung Galaxy X: Everything you need to know
- Samsung Galaxy X slated for 2018 release
- Limited 100,000 units at launch
- Possibly a smartphone/tablet hybrid
Samsung has been teasing us with a foldable mobile for some time. In spite of this hype, the likelihood of Samsung planning a triple hit following the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 reveals earlier this year was always very low.
Now, our initial hope – although fleeting – was that the Galaxy X would get a mention during the Note 8 unveiling back in August 2017, but alas, there wasn’t even the faintest of whiffs.
Following that, IFA Berlin was cited as the next big tech event where we could see Samsung’s elusive foldable. Reports pointed at a grand unveiling at the annual tech conference but again, there was no such mention. Our next hope? The Galaxy X will be discussed early next year at CES.
Samsung Galaxy X: A hybrid design?
- 5in mobile screen and rumoured 7in tablet display
- Device might be 4K
- Patented on screen hinge technology
Samsung likes to keep people guessing. A 2016 Bloomberg report suggested they’re not just working on a Samsung Galaxy X but another folding device. The first glimpse of this concept was actually shown back in 2014 through a teaser video that demonstrated a “Flexible OLED Display Phone and Tab Concept”. More recently, leaked patents have shown something resembling a slightly more typical Galaxy device but with folding functionality.
Screen size has been hotly debated, leaked patent images via SamMobile suggest it’s altered through development. The hybrid model alone is suggested to have been cut from 8in to a 7in foldout screen. While the phone screen is rumoured to be in the 5in-5.5in ballpark. These claims give weight to reports Samsung have multiple devices in development. Samsung might even still be pondering what one will make it into the public’s hands.
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The tablet hybrid has seen popularity from audiences already, the latest fan concepts revealing how such a device could work can be seen in this video.
Samsung Galaxy X UK release date: When does it come out?
- Reports suggest Q2 2018 reveal
- Initially limited to 100,000 units
- 2018 release
Given the unique stature of Samsung’s rumoured foldable, current speculation is that the company will only release a limited run of 100,000 devices seems valid. So, who’s going to nab one? According to SamMobile, the device will release in selected regions first to test interest prior to a wider push. Listing nine territories in total, the Samsung Galaxy X will reportedly hit the UK and US, as well as Poland and Samsung’s home of South Korea.
This could signal exclusivity with selected networks, akin to Apple’s O2 deal for the original iPhone. This is speculative at the moment, but Samsung did opt for this model last year with the Galaxy S7 Active, naming AT&T as sole US carrier. After all,100,000 units isn’t much for a brand used to owning roughly 40% of the smartphone market.
Galaxy X slated for 2018 release
The latest news suggests the Galaxy X will launch in 2018. The new details comes straight from the horse’s mouth itself, with Samsung’s own Koh Dong-Jin speaking to journalists on 12 September 2017. According to Bloomberg, the president of mobile business discussed the Galaxy X, and its 2018 release date: “As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” he said, continuing: “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.” Here’s hoping that 2018 release doesn’t get pushed back.
Samsung Galaxy X specs: What’s inside?
Details on what specs the Samsung Galaxy X will bolster remains very hush hush but those “close to the matter” are trickling out the odd bit of info via the Korea Herald. One outlandish claim in this report predicts the Samsung Galaxy X will feature a 4K resolution screen, certainly making it quite a showstopper. However, 4K seems ambitious for something utilising what is very new technology.
More plausible than 4K, the Galaxy X could bolster a Samsung prototype shown at SID Display Week 2016. A video filmed by SlashGear reveals a 5.7in, 1080p OLED display on an automated arm control, with a pixel density of 386ppi. Considering this was just last year, it does seem odd Samsung would not incorporate into a future product.
In terms of design, one of the crucial elements in various patent images is the hinge that would allow Samsung’s device to function as a foldable. In July 2016, Patently Mobile released a series of images for both a mobile and tablet concept showing how foldable tech would work. One Galaxy X design demonstrates a central fold in the middle of the screen, allowing the device to go into a compact mode. In November 2016, SamMobile released new patent images showing what is assumed to be the Samsung Galaxy X in much more detail. They give an even more in-depth view of the centrefold technology. However, these images didn’t seem to indicate a tablet hybrid (at least in this model).
Samsung Galaxy X: Dual-cameras?
One of the latest rumours from the Samsung Galaxy X rumour mill is the possibility that the foldable will boast a dual camera setup. While not much else is known about this, it would pit the Samsung Galaxy X against other highly rumoured smartphones that are also set to have a dual camera. The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 may also have this feature. After all, Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note 8 – the firm’s first dual-camera smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy X: Who else is making a foldable?
- LG could also reveal a foldable device
- Lenovo pegged as another frontrunner
That’s not to say other companies aren’t also eyeing up foldable phones as the next big thing. So far we know LG are keen to take on Samsung in the early days of foldable smartphones, following a leaked patent from TrendyTechz that suggests it will also produce a phone/tablet hybrid. Patent images show a 7in folding tablet that can alter to a 5in phone at will, much in the same vein as Samsung’s rumoured hybrid. LG might even reveal at the same time as Samsung; the company did demonstrate a highly flexible screen back in 2014, with promise it could go into production sometime in 2017. At that time, LG’s folding tech was made with a special film instead of a standard plastic, although whether an LG hybrid will use this is unknown.
Lenovo is also penned as a frontrunner in the foldable phone game. Last year the company showed off a folding device, albeit in very early stages, doubling up as a wearable and a phone. All bets still point to Samsung firing the starting gun with the Samsung Galaxy X, but reports are putting others hot on their heels.
We will update this page as more is known about the Samsung Galaxy X.