Samsung Galaxy X (Foldable Phone) Preview
The mobile market seems to be devoid of any path-breaking revolution since quite a while in terms of the design. Since touchscreen phones, everything seems to be just ‘getting better’ every year. Be it camera, RAM, internal memory or processing power. There has not been much change in the form factor of mobile phones at all in the past decade. Sure, they have become a bit slim, but that’s just about it. Every now and then we get to see manufacturers experimenting with glass frame, or combining metallic body with plastic and other such designs. But Samsung, often criticized for lack of imagination in the designs of their phones, have announced Galaxy X, a foldable smartphone, in MWC 2017.
The Edge models from Samsung gave us a glimpse of what future could hold. The Note and S series smartphones had curved edges, displaying notifications on the edge and allowing you to swipe across it. Even LG had its LG Flex, showing-off its curved capabilities. Taking it a step further, or should we say a mile further, Samsung seems to be launching foldable phones. The patents filed by Samsung last year November gives clear indication as to where the company is heading with its design. The phones are expected to fold from middle, reducing its size to half when not required, without cracking, distorting resolution or doing anything wrong. This would certainly excite audience all over the world, as something like this has never been done before, except in Sci-Fi movies.
Project Valley, as it is called in the inside circles of Samsung, comprises of five flagship device, all to be launched in 2017. This would surely cement Samsung’s foothold in a market it already leads. The fact that they are trying to do something out of the box is commendable to say the least. A phone, which can easily be converted to a tablet, or a tablet which can be converted into a bigger tablet, will provide a much needed boost to the stale form factor which has remained same for almost a decade. An important thing to keep in mind is that Samsung is already suffering from a major blowback, by its Note 7 phone models catching fire all over the world. It was not only a bad PR, but a genuine concern for users’ safety which forced Samsung to recall many of the Note 7 phones. They will soon need to rebuild the lost trust and launching a foldable phone might just do the trick for them.
The MWC is going to be held somewhere around February/March 2017. It will be interesting to see what strategy Samsung opts for while launching their new flagship models. Will it launch it as a part of its Note or S series, or will there be a new series being introduced altogether? Also, what will be the pricing and other specs? Will foldable displays alone prove to be sufficient to cover up the lost ground for Samsung? We are about to find out soon, and we can’t wait for it.
Picture courtesy – almesryoon.com, stuff.tv and digitaltrends.com
by techtalks @TechTalks October 12, 2016 11:25 AM UTC