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Samsung's mobile boss has said the company is aiming to launch a bendable phone in 2018, assuming it can overcome some problems. Additionally, we've heard that its model number might have popped up in a Korean filing. We could be just a bit closer to release after all.
Foldable phones are coming – it’s only a matter of time – and it's looking increasingly like Samsung could be the first company to commercially launch one, possibly as soon as this year.
We may even know what it’s called, with the mysterious Samsung Galaxy X being the subject of several bendable leaks, foldable patents and flexible rumors.
But whether X marks the spot or not, we’re clearly entering a foldable future. To see how we got here and where we’re going, here’s the story of Samsung’s foldable phone so far.
Six years in the making
The idea of a foldable phone isn’t new to Samsung, in fact way back in 2011 the company showed off a prototype of exactly that.
The device looked chunky and awkward, but even back then it somewhat worked, remaining intact after 100,000 folds, with only a 6% drop in brightness at the center, where all the folding action happened.
This clearly wasn’t a commercial product, but later that year Samsung launched a concept video of a fully bendable (and transparent) mobile device, that could fold out from a phone-sized screen to a tablet-sized one, showing Samsung's ambitions for the technology.
I have the note 8.....and DAMN IT'S NICE but the thing is I look at the iPhone x and when you look at the top of both phones you can see that Apple has copied Samsung note 8 and before that. Apple's running out of ideas
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