Samsung and other manufacturers, including LG and Lenovo, are known to have been working on smartphone devices with bendable displays for some years now. However, with the current news and rumors surrounding Samsung‘s new bendable smartphone, it appears that the Korean giant is winning the foldable-smartphone race.
The technology which was previously referred to as Project Valley is now being, reportedly, dubbed as the Galaxy X. Whether or not the name sticks is anybody’s guess – for all we know, we could be in for yet another name on the final product. Waiting for the official announcement and release is all we can do for now.
News about its features and expected release date has been gradually trickling out from, both, reliable and unreliable sources. We have endeavored in the following paragraphs to make some chronological sense of all the information that has, so far, been doing the rounds.
If tech site Let’sGoDigital’s report is anything to go by, the Korean National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) – Korea’s answer to United States’ FCC – and the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) have gone ahead and approved a Samsung device with a new model number SM-G888NO, believed to be the Galaxy X.
As is evident from the certification result page, model SM- G888NO has been classified as “Equipment of radio equipment for LTE mobile communication (transceiver of land mobile station) under certification number MSIP-CMM-SEC-SMG888N0 of Sep 21, 2017.
However, what has got the rumor mills working full-time, is the fact that a Samsung device with an identical model number (SM- G888NO) was also seen at the WiFi Alliance. If you access the link https://www.wi-fi.org/content/search-page?keys=SM-G888N0, you will observe that model number SM-G888N0 has been categorized as a Phone.
Furthermore, a couple of months ago, a Samsung device bearing the same number was spotted at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG). The model number, which is listed as a Samsung Mobile Phone under “Design Description” in the Bluetooth SIG certification, did not correspond to any known Samsung device – thereby, fuelling speculations, even then, that the model in question couldn’t be anything but the bendable Samsung Galaxy X.
Now that we have, somewhat, established – with the help of all the circumstantial evidence at our disposal – that it is the Galaxy X we are faced with here, let’s take a look at some of its reported core features and what it promises to offer consumers.
Here are the rumored specifications of the bendable Samsung Galaxy X
- 5 inch (12.7 cm) display – 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Runs on Android v7.0 (Nougat) Operating System
- Powered by Quad core (2.4 GHz, Dual core, Kryo + 2 GHz, Dual core,
Kryo) Qualacomm Snapdragon 830 MSM8998 processor
- 6 GB of RAM
- 128 GB of Storage
- Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
- 18-megapixel primary camera
- 8-megapixel front camera
Again, in so far as the release date is concerned, one can but speculate as Samsung has not been very forthcoming in clearing the ambiguity surrounding the Galaxy X. However, Techadvisor reports that in spite of the “foldable technology” being said to be ready “a source close to the matter told the Korea Herald that the device has not been unveiled because of marketability and profitability issues. Plans have also been held up by the political scandal involving president Park Geun-hye and her confidante Choi Soon-sil.”
Earlier, Samsung had been looking forward to unveiling the folding smartphone in the third quarter of 2017 with the company expected to ship out over 100,000 units. ETNews also predicted a working prototype in Q3 2017 while Chinese leaker mmddj_chin went even further, claiming that the Galaxy X would go on sale in Q3 2017, ahead of the Note 8 in Q4.
Well, now that the Q3-launch speculation is busted, with Q3 at its fag end, Bloomberg has reported that a bendable smartphone is due to debut as a Samsung Note device next year.
Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said: “As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year. When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product,” Bloomberg reports.
We may, or may not, get to see the Galaxy X anytime soon; however, what we can hope for is that when it does arrive, it is as dependable as it is bendable.