Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone could launch in November: DJ Koh

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Samsung CEO: First foldable phone could be unveiled in November

According to DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile division who told CNBC, that the South Korean giant aims to prioritize mid-range devices over flagship models in terms of adding new features.

Samsung executive DJ Koh said the firm could unveil its foldable phone, nicknamed the Galaxy X, in November.

Foldable phones have been talked about for a long time, but so far we haven't really seen a worthwhile entry into the category.

Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone could launch sooner than expected.

"But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet?" However, it will still come down to whether consumers can afford it and if they think it's worth the price. He said the "complicated" development process is "nearly concluded".

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The device had a bendable display that reached the size of a tablet once it was unfolded. That's why Samsung is now trying to differentiate the mid-section because the idea is to deliver meaningful innovation to these customers.

The mid-priced section of the market has suffered from something of a slow down of late, and Samsung is hoping to rejuvenate interest by using its cheaper Galaxy A range of phones to showcase new technology.

In his tweet Ice universe makes clear we're talking about a device that will launch in 2018 with four cameras, although no details were provided.

The document shows a narrow Samsung device with a screen that bends and folds like an old-school flip phone handset, with a large hinge. It's been teasing a foldable device for many years now (see 2014 concept below) but the feat of actually producing one that's durable and functionally innovative enough to commercially release has clearly been too challenging - at least, up until this point. It's widely assumed that they will be using a foldable display, rather than rehashing existing "foldable" phones that have flopped.

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