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Foldable Galaxy X handset might arrive in 2018

Foldable touchscreen display prototype by Samsung, consumer products coming in 2018
Foldable display by Samsung
Although the first foldable smartphones were rumored to show up last year and some recent rumors claimed that both LG and Samsung would launch such devices in 2017, but it looks like at least Samsung will not have such a product on the market before 2018.

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Back in 2015, many rumors claimed that the first foldable smartphones would hit the market in 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen, although working prototypes of the foldable display technology have been showing up here and there for a while. Now, after hearing that both LG and Samsung are ready to unleash foldable handsets in 2017, a new rumor surfaces, pushing the launch date into 2018 - at least for Samsung.

According to anonymous insiders familiar with the matter who spoke to BusinessKorea, "Samsung Electronics’ foldable smartphone tentatively called “Galaxy X” is highly likely to be released in the first half of next year." The South Korean news outlet highlighted the fact that it all depends on how fast polyimide film, a key component of foldable devices, is produced in large quantities that can cover the demand of the mobile industry as well. This material is also considered important for the future of the space aeronautics sector.

The same report mentioned above claims that Samsung's foldable smartphone would hit the market as Galaxy X in the first half of 2018. Samsung Galaxy X is rumored to be a 5-inch smartphone that folds out and turns into a 7-inch tablet. A first batch of 100,000 units is rumored to arrive in the first wave, its target being to test the market's reaction before anything else.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-12 (Update: 2017-01-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.