Samsung's foldable Galaxy X to arrive in 2018
Samsung will not the be the only company to launch a foldable smartphone next year
Earlier this year, Dong-jin Koh, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, revealed that the company will release a foldable device, which for now has been named Galaxy X.
The device is expected to be released next year, but the exact date is not yet known. The Galaxy X has reportedly already received certification from Bluetooth SIG and from South Korea's National Radio Agency.
According to sources in the industry, Samsung will be mostly likely capable of achieving a folding inward display as already the Samsung Display has a foldable panel with a curvature of 1.0R.
In September, Koh said that the company will be releasing a new device but only once all challenges have been resolved.
Other brands, including Apple, LG and Huawei, are developing foldable devices, however Samsung aims to launch the device before its competitors do. Recently, Apple filed a patent for a foldable device, where LG Display will supply the panels.
Huawei's consumer group CEO Richard Yu, also confirmed that the company has a ‘working sample' of a foldable device. Yu also said that the device requires further improvements on the mechanical design and flexible screen technology. Despite not being ready for release this year, Yu does go on to say it could be ready next year.