Samsung’s much talked about foldable smartphone may soon be a reality. According to a news report on Korean news website ETnews, Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display is currently onto the final step of developing a foldable smartphone. A prototype will be ready by the third quarter of this calendar year.
ETnews says that Samsung will test the quality and performance of these prototypes internally and review response from markets in advance by supplying them to mobile network providers.
Depending on the response from the market and if the prototypes pass standards of quality and performance, Samsung will decide on the product’s mass production. This is likely to happen in 2018, if all goes as planned.
Samsung’s foldable smartphone will be an ultra-premium product. According to ETnews, the smartphone, which was earlier supposed to come out in the first quarter itself, was delayed to ensure quality is top-notch. The strategy is to introduce a high-tech product that is one-step higher than its flagship Smartphones.
The foldable smartphone was first showcased to a limited audience at the 2017 Mobile World Congress that took place in Barcalona earlier this year. According to Technewsinc, the foldable smartphone will be called Samsung Galaxy X
And it’s not just Samsung, various news reports suggest that many panel manufactures in China are working on prototypes of foldable panels. ETnews reports that companies like BOE, Visionox, and AUO introduced prototypes of foldable panels and are working with Chinese Smartphone manufacturers like Lenovo, Oppo, and Vivo.
As per a report by PC Advisor, LG also may be releasing its foldable screens in 2017 and will ship over 100,000 units to clients like Apple and Huawei