Samsung Electronics President of mobile business, Koh Dong-jin on Tuesday, 12 September, the same day as the iPhone 8 launch said the firm will launch its foldable smartphone next year, 2018, under the Note brand.
Samsung’s bendable smartphone has recently passed certification in South Korea. According to Let’s Go Digital, the handset’s model number – SM-G888NO popped up in a certification filing from the Korean National Radio Research Agency, following a filing for its Bluetooth certification, and again popping up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, again for certification. It seems the Galaxy X will launch in South Korea first, with other regions later in 2018.
Though the listing doesn’t indicate any existing product category it is highly expected that this device will be the first product to launch as a bendable smartphone-tablet.
Samsung has on many occasions demonstrated foldable or bendable displays but most of the products have been far from commercial standards. Samsung has been producing curved displays from quite some time and has single handedly dominated the market in that aspect.
The Galaxy Note 8 was the most expensive device the company has ever made which started at a price of $930 in US. Considering this, the new product category might trump even the Note 8 in terms of pricing if Samsung decides to go commercial with it.