It is the first foldable phone to come with a flexible display. The Royole can supposedly withstand 200,000 folds without damage, but even that's with a design that doesn't fold fully closed. The phone has been in rumours and reports for a long time but it may be nearing its launch date.
Samsung's foldable smartphone announcement is expected at company's upcoming annual developer conference being held in San Francisco between November 7 and 8. We neither have a confirmed name of the phone but a report from GizmoChina reveals that it may be called the Galaxy F. The letter F could probably mean foldable.
Apart from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei are also reportedly working on foldable phones. There's a clear chance Samsung could also tease its foldable phone at the event to gauge the interest of the developer community. Yes, it feels a bit gimmicky, but the FlexPai does actually deliver on its promise of being the "first foldable smartphone".
But the materials are not supposed to sell you on the phone as much as the fact that the whole thing folds up.
While we have no idea if this thing is supposed to arrive in the USA anytime soon, a user manual can already be downloaded from Samsung's dedicated website, suggesting a formal announcement is indeed right around the corner.
The device will not be commercially available just yet though, with Samsung said to be showcasing it to developers in particular to see what kinds of applications they can develop for the unique form factor.
Samsung's taking another go at an Android Go phone (no pun intended) with the Galaxy J4 Core. The device, which can be called Galaxy F or Galaxy Flex, will be presented next Wednesday 7 with two screens, one of 7.3-inch and another of 4.6-inch. But there are already gaming-focused smartphones - the ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2 both debuted within the last month - and while their screen sizes don't approach what's rumored for the Galaxy X, their processing power and design seems particularly geared toward gamers.
Research firm Strategy Analytics forecast in May global sales of just 1.2 million foldable phones next year though should soar to about 64.9 million phones in 2023.