Now that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are official, the rumour mill is now looking at Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy X, one that is expected to be the answer to Apple’s iPhone 8/X. Dubbed as Project Valley, the Galaxy X consists of a foldable smartphone with a foldable display that will be able to switch from phablet to smartphone with a simple fold.

But new rumours coming directly from industry sources tell that Samsung will first be testing out a dual display smartphone. One that will help the company better understand the use case for a foldable phone.

According to the Korean Herald, Samsung will soon start testing this concept smartphone that goes with the flip-phone form factor. According to its industry sources, the publication reports that the prototype device can be folded open to 180 degrees and features a pair of organic light-emitting diode display panels. Both displays will be connected via a hinge in the middle.

As of now, it is unclear how the device will be split up. We could have a traditional portrait split that makes for two almost square-like halves, or a horizontal split which would look similar to the Nokia Communicators of the early 2000s.

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Samsung Project Valley, Galaxy X Image: galaxyclub.nl

Samsung has reportedly placed orders for components, enough to produce 2,000-3,000 units of this smartphone. The same would be available in the first half of the year.

According to an industry source, “Samsung seems to be testing the waters with the dual-screen device to gather ideas about its upcoming foldable phone,”

Other sources also claim that Samsung and Samsung Display have sped up the research related to folding displays so as to be able to roll out a limited batch of the Galaxy X device in the second half of 2017.

Publish date: April 12, 2017 4:26 pm| Modified date: April 12, 2017 4:26 pm

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