Samsung Galaxy X The First Foldable Smart Phone

 

Update: It’s official, the foldable Samsung Galaxy X is landing on February 20.

We could have recently gotten our first real look at the Samsung Galaxy X – or Samsung Galaxy F, Samsung Galaxy Fold or Samsung Galaxy Flex as it might be called – at the Samsung Developer Conference.

Samsung revealed something huge: its first foldable screen, which opens clamshell-style and flattens out for a tablet-size display. The Infinity Flex Display, as the tech is called, is an entirely new direction for Samsung smartphones that required development of new materials and processes to make it functional.

What’s less clear is whether we saw the Infinity Flex Display mounted on the Galaxy X itself, or whether that was simply a placeholder phone to show off the screen. Samsung literally revealed it from the shadows to hide the design.

You can rewatch Samsung’s keynote from the Samsung Developer Conference on YouTube if you want to see the possible unveiling of the Galaxy X (skip to 1:23:00).

In the meantime, you can read everything we know so far below. The Samsung Galaxy X launch has been rumored for a few years, and the leaks continue to roll in about the firm’s fabled foldable, flexible, bendable smartphone.

We’ve gone through all the flexible Samsung smartphone leaks, from the first reports of a folding phone back in 2011 to the most recent reports naming the Samsung Galaxy X, Galaxy Flex and Galaxy F directly.

There’s a lot to unpack from several years, but it now feels like we’re getting close to a Samsung Galaxy X launch date, and things are beginning to get a little clearer on what we may be able to expect.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung’s much-rumored folding smartphone
  • When is it out? February 20
  • What will it cost? It’ll likely be one of the most expensive phones around

Samsung Galaxy X release date and price

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy X is more or less confirmed for a February 20 reveal now, after Samsung posted a teaser video featuring that date and the words “the future unfolds”, along with folding text.

You can’t get much clearer than that, and this teaser follows a similar billboard advert and rumors that the phone would land on February 20. That date is also when Samsung is set to announce the Samsung Galaxy S10 range, so it could be a busy event.

According to rumors, the company was planning on an MWC 2019 launch roughly a week later, but has brought it forward to get ahead of Huawei, which itself is announcing a foldable phone at MWC.

We had previously heard that the phone would get a proper announcement at some point in February, so this isn’t totally surprising.

Of course, this is just an announcement that we’re talking about. The Galaxy X probably won’t actually go on sale before March 2019, or maybe until April even.

Samsung for its part has said that the phone will launch in the first half of 2019 in “select markets” and that at least 1 million units will be produced.

However, it’s rumored to be exclusive to the EE network in the UK (with the Samsung store also selling it SIM-free). Whether there will be other network exclusives elsewhere in the world is unknown.

You may have to pay a lot for it too, as the latest report, coming from a source that apparently works for Samsung, is that there will be multiple models ranging from around £1,500 (approximately $1,930 / AU$2,660) to £2,000 (roughly $2,570 / AU$3,550).

That’s even more than earlier estimates, with for example an analyst reckoning previously that the Samsung Galaxy X price could reach ₩2,000,000 (around $1,850, £1,375, AU$2,400). That’s a price we’ve heard more than once, but again, the £1,500-£2,000 price above is more recent.

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