THE world’s first foldable phone is tantalisingly close, and tech buffs are waiting with bated breath to see the Samsung Galaxy X unveiled.
This could happen as soon as February 2019,with the Samsung foldable phone tipped to launch alongside the company’s exciting new flagship the Galaxy S10.
The high tech half-phone, half-tablet could be just a few days away, so here’s what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy X release date, price, plus all the latest news, leaks and rumours.
Samsung Galaxy X – what is the Samsung foldable phone?
For years, Samsung has been teasing its work on a folding smartphone.
The idea is that you can own a large tablet-sized device, which then folds in half and becomes pocketable.
While folded, you’d be able to use the gadget as a normal smartphone – effectively giving you two devices in one.
Samsung officially announced the device during a press conference in November 2018, holding up a shadowy gadget in a dark room.
Sadly, Samsung failed to provide a clear picture of the device, give any details about it, or even name it.
Most rumours suggest it will be called the Samsung Galaxy X or Samsung Galaxy F, and even Samsung Galaxy Flex has been suggested – but we simply don’t know.
Galaxy X release date – when is Samsung’s foldable phone out?
Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed the launch date for the Galaxy X.
However, Samsung is hosting a major press event in San Francisco and London next month.
It will take place on February 20, and will be live-streamed for Brits at 7pm.
It’s generally expected that the Samsung Galaxy S10 – a more traditional smartphone – will be announced at the event.
But there’s growing certainty that the Samsung folding phone will also be on show.
The biggest evidence for this is a recently erected Samsung billboard in Paris that reads “The future unfolds – February 20” – if that’s not a guarantee, what is?
A new Samsung billboard in Paris reads “The future unfolds – February 20” in Hangeul, the South Korean alphabet[/caption]
Galaxy X specs – Samsung foldable phone design and features
The handset is supposed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, and could revolutionise mobile design forever.
The technology is described as an Infinity Flex Display – in the form of a tablet that packs down to smartphone size.
It’s got a large 7.3-inch screen (as rumoured) that’s nearly an inch bigger than the heftiest Apple handset, the iPhone XS Max.
And up to three separate apps will be able to run simultaneously.
Sadly that’s about all we know until Samsung makes an official announcement.
Galaxy X price – Samsung foldable phone price
The bad news is that the handset is likely to cost a pretty penny.
Last year, we spoke to industry expert Dan Ives, of Wedbush Securities, who said that Samsung’s foldable handset could cost far more than the £899 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – currently Samsung’s priciest model.
“Given this totally innovative design and significant R&D behind it we believe $1,200-$1,350 price points are what we would expect when they eventually hit the market,” Ives told The Sun.
Phone makers typically use identical or near-identical numbers (rather than direct currency conversions) for US versus UK pricing.
So if a phone was sold at $1,350 in the USA, you’d expect UK pricing to fall somewhere between £1,250 and £1,350.
However that’s still less than Apple’s most expensive iPhone – the £1,449 iPhone XS Max (with 512GB storage).
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