According to reports, South Korean tech giant Samsung has reportedly revealed its first foldable smartphone in a private meeting at CES 2018. As we all know that Samsung announced a slew of electronic devices such as smart TVs, computers, and home appliances at the event, but the South Korean giant is also said to have showcased the fold-in and fold-out design of the new foldable smartphone to selected clients. Meanwhile, Samsung is set to launch its Galaxy S9 series smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.
Sources further revealed that Samsung not only showcased the foldable handset but also have shared the timeline of its launch. It has informed that the production will begin by the end of 2018. A report in South Korean news website ETNews, cited a source as saying, “Samsung Display said it has developed a 7.3-inch foldable panel with plans to start production later this year.”
This is not the first time Samsung displayed the foldable smartphone. Last year at the MWC 2017, Samsung had reportedly showcased a foldable smartphone through a private conference. According to the report, the company showcased an upgraded version of the foldable smartphone that it had shown last year. Samsung had reportedly invited various types of clients to show the smartphone. Another source has reportedly said, “Last year, MWC limited the scope of the disclosure to a fairly strict level, but this time, we decided to set the target for the release somewhat broader and responded to it.”
According to media reports, In Samsung’s foldable smartphone, the in-folding has a curvature of 1R(0.1 mm) and out-folding has a curvature of 5R(0.1 mm). Samsung could be able to achieve that level of flexibility by using a plastic material for display, as per reported by BusinessKorea.
Rumors suggest that the new foldable smartphone will be called as Samsung Galaxy X. Samsung has filed numerous patents for foldable phones in the recent past. During the launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone, Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh had said that it was aiming to introduce a foldable smartphone in its Galaxy Note smartphone series by as early as 2018.
However, the rivalry between Samsung and Apple can be seen clearly as Samsung wants to beat Apple in launching a foldable smartphone. Last year, in November, Apple had filed a patent for an iPhone with a flexible portion. Another report out of Korea had claimed that Apple is working with LG Display on a foldable iPhone.