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Samsung to launch Galaxy X foldable smartphone in 2017 alongside S8 and Note 7?


Samsung folding phone concept

Samsung may be set to launch five flagship devices in 2017, with new foldable smartphone the Galaxy X joining familiar names like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7 in its high-end lineup.

So far, 2016 has been a pretty stellar year for handsets, and for Samsung in particular. Its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices have taken home plenty of plaudits, and we haven't even arrived at the Galaxy Note 6 yet.

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But 2017 could be even bigger for the South Korean electronics giant, after rumours surfaced linking the mobile manufacturer with the release of a foldable smartphone potentially called the Galaxy X.

At least, that's the latest from occasionally reliable Samsung blog SamMobile. Highlighting some slightly shady-looking social media reports out of Korea, it now says that the foldable Galaxy X will join the firm's flagship range alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7 as soon as 2017.

It's not first time we've heard rumours that Samsung is developing a handset with a foldable screen, of course. These murmurings date back a good few years and are ultimately linked to various patents held by Samsung.

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Apparently being developed under the codename 'Project Valley', the leaks suggest that the Galaxy X will look like a normal handset when closed, but will fold out to double in size and (by the sounds of it) more closely resemble a tablet.

When might we be able to expect this futuristic device? If Samsung follows previous launch patterns, the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge are most likely to appear in spring 2017, with the Galaxy X potentially arriving alongside the Note 7 in the autumn.

Is the Galaxy X foldable smartphone just a pipe dream or will we see it on shelves shortly? Let us know in the comments below.


May 20, 2016, 7:02 pm

i've long thought of this...am sure others have too....most of us want an 'all in one' portable device that can be as small as a phone yet also expandable to be more readable...am sure eventually you'll be able to buy a phone can can have an expandable even snap on screen...so not quite a laptop, but a lightweight, nimble, versatile phablet


January 27, 2017, 5:15 pm

this will happen like never, or not to look like the picture

sdm 038

March 6, 2017, 7:31 pm

beam me up Scotty!

Nitrobuz Ae

March 11, 2017, 9:04 pm

bendable screens look great if manufacturers can keep them from being flimsy and faulty. I'm not convinced they can. Plastic that bends tends to break, pixels get killed, etc. (Maybe the material is more akin to rubber or leather which might work). I'm hopefully-skeptical that it will happen eventually because a phone that becomes a tablet would be truly great.

Michael Neumann

March 25, 2017, 9:32 pm

I honestly couldn't care less. I think I am one of like 10 people left on the planet that dont own a cell phone. I absoutely hate the things, especially for things like accessing the internet, watching movies/tv shows, etc. I carry my Belstaff messenger bag with me wherever I go so I always have either my Macbook Air or my iPad Pro on me and both weigh next to nothing. So people can have their extra large cell phones, folding cell phones, etc. I will continue using my Macbook Air or iPad Pro, which are vastl superior IMO. The cell phone market is one market I honestly couldn't care less about.

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