18 July 2018
We’ve heard rumours of the so-called foldable smartphone by Samsung, the alleged Galaxy X. The company got two patents approved regarding foldable dual displays and reports claim that the technology was even being tested. While this may all be true, we may not see the Galaxy X anytime soon. However, it could be quite a while till we actually see the Samsung Galaxy X making an appearance. The product manager of display technology of Qualcomm, Salman Saeed mentioned that the device won’t be available as soon as we may have expected.
In fact, it could be a few years before we see something like what we saw in Samsung’s patents materialize into something concrete. This kind of a technology faces a lot of challenges in the form of optimizing the user experience across multiple displays. One of the more concerning problems arises from the transistors in the architecture of the display.
Salman Saeed said that:
…they [phone manufacturers] haven’t really cracked the material science right now to produce electrodes that can repeatedly withstand bending and folding.
Salman Saeed comments again, saying:
Rather than having a super large primary display, you could have a foldable phone that becomes an even larger display, so that if you’re doing some content creation, you have a larger surface area to work on…. I think it’s possible for them to do it [bring foldable phones to market]. All of the tier 1 phone manufacturers are working very hard on this. The big phone makers all have these devices in their labs, but it’s just a reliability issue at this point.
Considering what Samsung has been able to accomplish with its Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, there’s no doubt that something like the Galaxy X could be possible in the future. Do you think the world is ready for a foldable smartphone? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!