Samsung has been experimenting with foldable/flexible displays for quite some time, showing off its new technology at trade shows for a number of years now. However, over the last few months we have been seeing increasing reports claiming that Samsung now has its tech down to a point that it can implemented into an actual product. The first smartphone to feature this all new flexible display is currently dubbed the ‘Galaxy X' and according to reports this week, it will make its debut later this year.
Now this isn't the first time we have heard that Samsung may unveil the Galaxy X in 2017. However, while earlier reports left a lot to the imagination, this week's rumour from ETNews claims that the Galaxy X will be be unveiled in Q3 this year but only in prototype form.
Previously, we were led to believe that the Galaxy X would be a product you could actually buy, with an unveiling at Samsung's usual August/September Unpacked event. However, if this latest report is to be believed, we will only get a look at the concept this year, likely in an effort to gauge the public reaction.
If the concept goes down well, then the Galaxy X may end up being a finalised smartphone in 2018. If people end up hating it, then Samsung will likely go back to the drawing board and come up with something else.
KitGuru Says: Going straight to market with a concept as wild as a foldable/rollable smart device would be a risky move, so it makes sense that Samsung wants to show its prototype first and get a feel for the public reaction before investing more into it.