Samsung to Produce Prototype of Foldable Smartphone Starting from Third Quarter

The first smartphone to feature this all new flexible display is now dubbed the "Galaxy X" and according to reports this week, it will make its debut later this year. When prototypes are produced during third quarter, it is likely that official mass-production will take place in 2018. Samsung will supposedly manufacture thousands of units of the prototype. Apparently, Samsung is in a race with various Chinese handset makers to become the first company in the world to release a handset with a foldable display. These companies are said to be working towards mass-production capabilities for folding displays.

Samsung's unnamed smartphone was apparently showcased to a limited number of partners at MWC 2017, as the South Korean giant is trying to prevent leaks. The company will reportedly start producing “thousands of prototypes” in the third quarter of 2017. The goal is to gather feedback and further test the foldable smartphone design ahead of mass production.

BOE, Visionox, and AUO have close ties to large and ambitious Chinese smartphone makers including Lenovo, Oppo, and Vivo. Assuming the report is accurate and Samsung sticks to this schedule, we might see the device unveiled at IFA 2017 later this year.

After becoming owner of the brand "Galaxy X", Samsung would now focus on prototype design for its foldable smartphone. The new smartphone would offer "luxurious design and high-quality, " which would have a halo effect on Samsung's entire line-up.

Samsung plans to expand the concept of folding devices to other product categories, provided that consumers embrace the idea on smartphones.

When prototypes pass standards of quality and performance and seem to be able to induce certain amount of demands from markets, Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display are going to decide to mass-produce them officially. It gave us a peek of what to expect with the Youm concept from 2013. A foldable display handset like this will most definitely be taking advantage of Samsung's Super AMOLED panel, but information regarding its insides are very scarce.

  • Joey Payne