Samsung mobiles had been in rumored to be working on a foldable smartphone after a patent filing in November last year. The patent provided the initial ideas of how the smartphone could look like but didn’t clear when Samsung will introduce such foldable smartphones. However there have been rumors that the company is developing a few foldable devices under a codename Project Valley and the smartphone will be named as Galaxy X. Now, Samsung Galaxy X1 and Galaxy X1 Plus are believed to be the new foldable smartphones from the company.
As per a report from AndroidSoul, two Samsung smartphones with SM-X9000 and SM-X9050 model numbers are under testing in China. Based on the listing, the Samsung Galaxy X1 will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, while the Galaxy X1 Plus will run on latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Sadly, the latest leak doesn’t disclose anything more than this about the upcoming mobiles.
As per the patent filed by Samsung, the company will develop a flexible or secondary display for a smartphone, probably the Galaxy X. According to the patent, the smartphone could get a secondary display which can be folded. Based on the patent sketches, the smartphone will have a bendable section in the middle and the users can fold the device like a flip phone. The smartphone will have a physical home button at the front and the power and volume buttons will be placed on the right side of the device.
The recent reports are claiming that Samsung will announce the foldable smartphones in Q3 2017. As per a report of Korea Herald, Samsung is expected to release over 100,000 units of fold-out devices in Q3 of this year. The fold-out device could be utilized as a 7-inch tablet when unfolded.
Though, Samsung is not the sole player in the race of foldable displays. The rival LG has obtained the fold-out tech three years back. So, LG could have done much development than Samsung.