SAMSUNG fans are desperate to see the company’s long-awaited foldable smartphone – a potential iPhone killer.
The half-phone half-tablet is supposedly called the Samsung Galaxy X and could launch later today, so we reveal all the release date and design news and leaks so far.
Samsung Galaxy X – what is it?
Samsung is a world leader in smartphone displays, and has been working on folding screens for years.
The company has teased a foldable phone with a flexible screen several times, leading fans to dub the mystery device ‘Galaxy X’.
Most recently, a Reuters report suggested that the phone was ready to be revealed – and Samsung itself has teased an upcoming debut.
The handset is supposed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, and could revolutionise mobile design forever.
Samsung Galaxy X design – how will it work?
We’ve seen official Samsung concepts, leaked designs and fan mock-ups, but we won’t know what the phone really looks like until the big reveal.
The best information we have so far comes from The Bell, a respected news outlet based in Samsung’s South Korea homeland.
A report by The Bell suggests that the phone will fold inwards like a book.
For contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 smartphone is considered enormous, and only has a 6.4-inch display.
You’d expect a tablet to have a 7-inch plus display – like Google’s Nexus 7 or the Amazon Fire HD 7.
This display would fold in half like a book, closing the screen off from the outside and protecting it.
On the back of the device would be a second screen: this time a smaller 4.6-inch OLED panel, which is a similar size to an iPhone 8 display.
This screen would act as a “front cover” to the closed book that is your smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy X release date – when is it out?
Last month, Samsung posted a tweet that teased a possible reveal at its annual Developer Conference on November 7.
And this week Reuters reported that Samsung would go ahead with a partial reveal of the phone’s design and features at the event.
“Samsung Electronics Co will depart from its usual policy of keeping product plans highly secret and provide some details of the phone’s key features for app developers this week,” the report read.
A Samsung official is quoted as saying: “Unlike our flagship products, the foldable phone is a completely new concept in terms of design and user experience, which requires a different approach.
“Before we take it to the market, we want to share with developers what we’ve done so far and see what they think of it,” the official said.
Sadly pinning down a release date is tricky.
Earlier this year, a report by Korea’s ETNews suggested that production for the Galaxy X smartphone wouldn’t begin until November.
This would mean it’s very unlikely that the device would arrive in stores before Christmas.
It’s more likely that we’ll see the handset made available in early 2019.
A potential launchpad for the device would be Mobile World Congress, Barcelona’s annual tech tradeshow at which Samsung is a regular attendee.
The event takes place at the very end of February 2019.
Samsung Galaxy X price – how much will it cost?
Creating a folding smartphone isn’t cheap.
Research and development costs will have been huge, and the components for the device itself (like OLED screens) will be expensive.
This means it’s very likely the Samsung Galaxy X will be the most expensive phone from the company ever.
We spoke to industry expert Dan Ives, of Wedbush Securities, who said that Samsung’s foldable handset could cost far more than the £899 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – currently Samsung’s priciest model.
“Given this totally innovative design and significant R&D behind it we believe $1,200-$1,350 price points are what we would expect when they eventually hit the market,” Ives told The Sun.
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Phone makers typically use identical or near-identical numbers (rather than direct currency conversions) for US versus UK pricing.
So if a phone was sold at $1,350 in the USA, you’d expect UK pricing to fall somewhere between £1,250 and £1,250.
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