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#4581427 - 11/21/17 08:57 PM Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable!
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-a...gn=yahoofinance




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Samsung’s dream is to beat Apple’s iPhone, and that’s why the Galaxy S8’s development codename was “dream.” However, no Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device captured the mind of buyers like the iPhone rival, no matter how hard Samsung tried.

But the Korean giant may have an ace up its sleeve, a smartphone unlike anything else available out there, iPhone included. It’s called Galaxy X, but not for the reasons you expect.

If you think Galaxy X is Samsung’s way of copying the iPhone X name scheme that’s not actually accurate. We’ve seen the Galaxy X moniker thrown around back when the iPhone X was still referred to as iPhone 8 in rumors.

Because, you see, the Galaxy X is Samsung’s first bendable smartphone, a device that’s so complicated it might see a limited launch before Samsung is able to manufacture it en-masse.

Samsung kept demoing foldable mobile devices for years at tech trade shows, but it never was ready to launch one — the Galaxy Round doesn’t count as one, don’t even try!

But the Galaxy X may be the first one to ship to consumers at some point in the near future, and Samsung has seemingly confirmed its existence. A support page went up on Samsung’s website for an SM-G888N0 handset, as spotted by Dutch-language site MobielKopen.

Samsung’s support document doesn’t offer any insight into what the SM-G888 family of devices is supposed to be, but that model number has been associated with the Galaxy X many times in the past. According to MobielKopen, the SM-G888 already received various certifications from regulators, including the Bluetooth SIG, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency.

What’s interesting about the Galaxy X is that we haven’t seen any leaks aside from reports detailing the phone and these certifications. All Samsung smartphones get leaked well ahead of their time, as there’s no such thing as keeping a Samsung gadget secret.

From the looks of it, however, the phone may be nearing its launch, even if it’ll be a limited one. After all, Samsung isn’t the only company working on foldable smartphones, and it probably wants to claim the title of being the first to make one.

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#4581430 - 11/21/17 09:01 PM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: StevieC]
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Is it April already?
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#4581435 - 11/21/17 09:06 PM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: FlyNavyP3]
StevieC Offline


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Originally Posted By: FlyNavyP3
Is it April already?


"Samsung kept demoing foldable mobile devices for years at tech trade shows, but it never was ready to launch one" -- In the article above. wink

Not the first time I read about it... Looks like it's coming for sure now.

I'm not so excited about bendable phones as what this could mean for other uses. That's gonna be awesome.


Edited by StevieC (11/21/17 09:07 PM)
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#4581461 - 11/21/17 09:48 PM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: StevieC]
Reddy45 Offline


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I didn't realize PCBs, speakers, flash memory, or glass could bend.. because that would be required for this to happen.

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#4581609 - 11/22/17 05:46 AM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: StevieC]
Artem Offline


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Can someone explain the purpose of this "feature"? Seems it would be bending and twisting while you're trying to use it normally. I'm using my iPhone 7 to type this now and can't imagine the stupid thing bending in my hands as I type.

duh
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#4581621 - 11/22/17 06:06 AM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: Artem]
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Originally Posted By: Artem
Can someone explain the purpose of this "feature"? Seems it would be bending and twisting while you're trying to use it normally. I'm using my iPhone 7 to type this now and can't imagine the stupid thing bending in my hands as I type.

duh


Didn't Apple patent the feature with the Iphone 6 ?

Or did they just bend unintentionally ?

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#4581641 - 11/22/17 06:37 AM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: Shannow]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Originally Posted By: Shannow


Didn't Apple patent the feature with the Iphone 6 ?

Or did they just bend unintentionally ?


It was the latter. Bendgate!
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#4581661 - 11/22/17 07:23 AM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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Originally Posted By: Reddy45
I didn't realize PCBs, speakers, flash memory, or glass could bend.. because that would be required for this to happen.


Flex PCB's have been around since forever. Some ECU's are made that way, I'm told: after manufacture, they place the PCB onto the enclosure, then wrap it up, bending the metal and the PCB at the same time.

But I have to agree, the solder attach points for the IC's have to be a weak point; not only that, but these boards flex where there aren't parts. Well, inside of a cell phone it's all crammed with parts! maybe they crammed all the IC's into one spot, and that one spot doesn't bend. But the photos belie that.
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#4584034 - 11/24/17 09:09 PM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: StevieC]
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There is a cool factor there for sure, but I wish they had invested the efforts into making a screen that doesn't break when dropped or impacted.
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#4584965 - 11/25/17 09:40 PM Re: Samsung Galaxy "X" - Bendable! [Re: supton]
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Registered: 10/06/13
Posts: 793
Loc: Youngstown, NY
Originally Posted By: supton
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
I didn't realize PCBs, speakers, flash memory, or glass could bend.. because that would be required for this to happen.


Flex PCB's have been around since forever. Some ECU's are made that way, I'm told: after manufacture, they place the PCB onto the enclosure, then wrap it up, bending the metal and the PCB at the same time.

But I have to agree, the solder attach points for the IC's have to be a weak point; not only that, but these boards flex where there aren't parts. Well, inside of a cell phone it's all crammed with parts! maybe they crammed all the IC's into one spot, and that one spot doesn't bend. But the photos belie that.

Well, the photos aren't an actual product, just some artist's speculative rendering.

There's going to have to be an unbendable compartment, just because bending LI-PO batteries in general is a pretty bad idea.
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