Samsung is going to unveil its first foldable smartphone ‘Galaxy X soon.’ The South Korean company is planning to roll out 100,000 units of fold-out devices in the third quarter this year.
Though due to marketability and profitability issues the final decision is yet to be taken, the development of fold-in phones has already been carried out. According to the latest report, the final decision will be made after the personnel reshuffle of the company’s information technology and mobile communications unit is conducted. The executive-level reshuffle is expected in either February or March.
The foldable smartphone will tuck the screen inside on being folded. After the smartphone’s panels fold out, it can be used as a 7-inch tablet.
The company says that it was not challenging for them to shift into the fold-out phones category.Samsung has previously too debuted in the market different kinds of smartphones like Galaxy S7 Edge which has a unique curved display.
Samsung is planning to launch not just one but two foldable smartphones soon. One of them will have a single flexible OLED display while the other one is expected to have a ‘dual-screen’ smartphone with screens on both sides.
Not left behind, even LG is expected to launch more than 100,000 units of its own foldable devices in the fourth quarter this year. The company had started development of these devices 2-3 years back.LG’stech is considered better than Samsung. Hence, it is also going to offer its tech to other OEMs like Huawei and Apple.
It was earlier planned by Samsung to launch the first foldable phone at Mobile World Congress in late February 2018, however, their policy changed.
As per the most recent reports, Nokia may also join Samsung and LG in bringing foldable smartphones in the market. There hasn’t been any official announcement about this by the company, but their patent filings suggest the above. Once a leader in mobile handsets market, Nokia has been granted a patent for a foldable device by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). It shows the structure of the phone to be slightly bulged yet foldable. It is also to be noted that Nokia has earlier indicated that the year 2017 can see some big releases by the company.