While Google was taking over CES, Samsung was quietly meeting with industry leaders to show off its next big innovation. Now, details from these supposed meetings have begun to leak, and it sure sounds like Samsung’s next smartphone will be a game changer.
Known as the Galaxy X, the device is said to feature a 7.3-inch display capable of folding inward. We already knew Samsung was working on a foldable smartphone, but it finally sounds like the company is gearing up to release concrete details about the handset’s design, specs, and launch. Spoiler: It could be soon.
According to people who attended these meetings, the Galaxy X will go into production later this year, with the potential for a release before 2019. As expected, Samsung’s demo of the new phone attracted a lot of interest from clients during the private meetings.
Samsung reportedly showed off two different versions of the Galaxy X, one with a display that folded inward and another that folded outward. Both are said to be part of Samsung’s plans, but the inward-folding device is part of the company’s more immediate roadmap; the outward-folding device apparently features “more advanced next-generation technology.”
If Samsung does release a device with a foldable display, it’ll essentially look like the clamshell phones that were popular before smartphones took over the mobile industry. And it’ll be the first major innovation to the smartphone since the first iPhone was released in 2007.
Questions remain about whether the Galaxy X will become the new way to design a phone, particularly the durability of a foldable display. But it certainly sounds cool, and we may finally see a real product before the year is up.