samsung galaxy x
samsung galaxy x

Samsung’s highly anticipated folding phone – the Samsung Galaxy X – has made an appearance at CES 2019… but not on the main floor.

The phone which will be available to buy within the next few months, was shown to “client companies” visiting Samsung’s booth at the Las Vegas show.

The report goes on to quote a “high-level executive” from one of Samsung’s clients, who says that the firm is currently polishing the optimisation processes for the phone’s hardware and software.

“When unfolded, Samsung’s foldable phone does not show any crease indicating it had been bent,” the exec is quoted as saying. “However, completely folding the device will lead to breakage. For this reason, Samsung is testing the device so that the sides remain slightly lifted when folded. The prototype seen today leaves a crease mark when being folded, but this issue will be fixed in the finalised version.”

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samsung galaxy x foldable sneak peak

That these meetings took place tallies with whispers we’ve heard at previous CES events. Since Samsung traditionally announces its Galaxy S flagship smartphones at MWC in Barcelona each spring, each CES is usually accompanied with reports that Samsung is quietly showing the new Galaxy to carriers ahead of the official spring unveiling. CES is a trade show, after all.

Samsung did not reveal its foldable phone, along with other products nearing commercialization, to regular visitors at CES but only to client companies visiting its booth at the tech show. 

According to the official, the display on Samsung’s foldable phone prototype is thinner when fully opened. When folded, the device allows a stable grip, rather than feeling thick, he added. 

Samsung plans to launch its foldable phone in the first half of the year, planning to produce only around 1 million units — much less than the 10 million-unit production quota set for its flagship Galaxy S series smartphones.

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