11 January 2017
Samsung is reported to be working on a fold-out design for the upcoming Galaxy X smartphone. The phone will have a screen facing outwards, which will transform into a 7 inch tablet once unfurled. The said concept is not too far away, and a new rumor has it that the phone may be released in the third quarter of this year.
As compared to fold-in designs as most of us are typically used to, a fold-out design has part of the screen facing outwards. So while fold-in phones need to be opened in order for you to look at the time or notifications, a fold-out design will eliminate the need for this, providing a much quicker glance on the primary screen section.
We recently heard of some foldable Samsung smartphones spotted in China. But we did not have much detail up until now. New reports are suggesting that the foldable phone will basically be a 7 inch tablet once unfolded. This will allow normal phone operations as well as tablet features whenever there's a need for it.
The phone is rumored to be in the works since mid 2016, and will see a debut in the third quarter of 2017. This is usually the time of the year when Samsung releases a flagship device, and is also when Samsung is expected to launch the next generation of Note devices (if any). For this foldable phone to be launched around the same time, there's a big hint of it having flagship specs.
Below are the concept diagrams of the all new prototype Galaxy X foldable smartphone as explained in a patent filed by Samsung.