Samsung to release folding phone: here's everything we know about the Infinity Flex Display

Samsung has revealed its latest smartphone prototype, a slightly mysterious foldable device dubbed the Samsung Galaxy X. The official name has yet to be announced. The company launched its new flagship handset on 7 November at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Justin Denison, Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile product marketing, explained how the development team had managed to create a folding display and the challenges they encountered while doing so.

It could come out next year (Photo:REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

The technology is called the Infinity Flex Display. The tech world has said the design is Samsung’s way of seeing off competition from rival smartphone makers. South Korean news outlet The Bell has predicted the phone will fold inwards like a book, with an OLED panel such as the one on the iPhone XS.

Folded future?

Samsung’s president and CEO of IT and mobile, DJ Koh, seemed to suggest the folded phone will be the first in a series.

Apparently, the manufacturer is also working on folded laptops. “The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience,” said DJ Koh. The technology is all the rage at the moment. LG exhibited folding screen technology at the CES tech conference in 2016 (though it wasn’t built into a smartphone). Lenovo has also been working on one.

Apple probably is too, but hasn’t said anything about it.

Samsung to release folding phone: here's everything we know about the Infinity Flex DisplaySamsung said it faced challenges (Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

When will Samsung’s folding screen phone come out?

No release date was given on Wednesday, so Samsung probably isn’t quite ready to start selling folding phones. However, Mr Denison said “we’ll be ready to start mass production in the coming months.” We can take a guess, then, and say the new device will come out some time in 2019.

How much will it cost?

Samsung didn’t say how much the phone will cost.

The company was very secretive and as well as disguising much of how the phone will function and look, it also hid the cost.

But, of course, there are rumours.

Tech blog Trusted Reviews said it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the X cost well in excess of GBP1,000.

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