Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy X device has been one of the company’s most ambitious projects ever since the company unveiled the concept of a folding smartphone back in 2013. Three years later, the company is coming close to finally releasing the innovative device and a new patent has revealed the new approach Samsung is taking the Galaxy X compared to its initial designs from a few years ago.
Initially, Samsung’s foldable smartphone was designed to fold inwards, keeping the screen inside the device’s fold. Last August though, it was reported that Samsung had decided to switch up the design of the Galaxy X from the initial fold-in design to a fold-out design which will put the screen on the outside of the fold.
According to previous reports, Samsung decided to change up the folding design of the Galaxy X because the fold-in design was too impractical as you’d need to keep unfolding the device each time you wanted to check it for notifications. Having the device fold-out and having the screen on the outside opens up more options for Samsung for displaying information on both sides of the device when folded.
The design shown in the new patents shows that when the smartphone is unfolded, it turns into a tablet where the rear camera will then move to front of the device near the center while the physical home button will be on the left side of the device. Previous reports have claimed that the Galaxy X will have a 5-inch display when in smartphone mode and a 7-inch display in tablet mode.
We’ll have to wait until later this year to find out the final design and specifications of the Galaxy X as previous leaks have claimed that Samsung plans to launch the device sometime during the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2017.