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Foldable phone leak shows Samsung’s original idea

by Justin Herrick | June 18, 2018June 18, 2018 7:00 am PST

Samsung has since canceled it, but the South Korea company was working on a foldable phone in the past. Project V, according to insider MMDDJ, used a center hinge to connect two screens.

The product shown in the photos features Samsung’s old design language. It has elements from Galaxy-branded devices launched in 2015 and 2016. There are sizable bezels everywhere, and Project V still has a physical home button as well as chrome accents.

From a functionality standpoint, Project V heavily resembles ZTE’s Axon M introduced last year. Project V puts all of the important components into a traditional body but then adds a second screen on the side. When the extra screen real estate is not needed, you just fold it back behind the primary screen.

While that leaked prototype is seemingly long gone, Samsung is confirmed to have a new foldable phone in development. The company is reportedly interested in moving up the Galaxy S10 so the Galaxy X, which will be fold-friendly, can be announced at MWC in late February.

Based on a patent filing from 2017, the Galaxy X could have a Surface Book-like hinge. The screen would be a single piece capable of folding, making something like the Axon M look completely dated. Samsung’s been developing flexible OLED panels for several years now. By the time it’s released, the Galaxy X should be the first foldable phone from a major manufacturer.

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Justin Herrick

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