Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Samsung foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid reportedly coming in Q3 2017

Last year multiple reports claimed that Samsung is working on two foldable smartphone. The two phone are allegedly called Galaxy X1 (SM-X9000) and Galaxy X1 Plus (SM-X9050).

Now according to a new report coming out of South Korea, Samsung will release its first foldable smartphones in third quarter of 2017. The report says that the smartphone can also be used as a 7-inch tablet when the screen is unfolded. When folded the device can be used as a normal smartphone using one hand.

Samsung is said to have initially completed the development of fold-in smartphones, that tuck into the screen inside when folded, and started working on developing fold-out technologies in August 2016.

Although, the technical related development have been completed, Samsung is yet to make a final decision whether or not to bring foldable smartphone to market because of marketability and profitability concerns. However, the final decision is said to be made, once Samsung carries out the delayed annul personnel reshuffle in its IT and mobile division.

LG is also rumored to be working on foldable smartphone and is expected to release in Q4 2017. However, details are scarce.

Lenovo has already showed off its prototype of foldable device (above image) which can be used as a smartphone when folded and tablet when unfolded.

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