The foldable Samsung Galaxy X might not be what you expect

A two-fold glimpse at Samsung’s next phone transformation

The foldable Samsung Galaxy X might not be what you expect

What will foldable smartphones from the future look like? Maybe a lot like the recently released ZTE Axon M, shown above. But if a recent patent filing potentially hinting at the Samsung Galaxy X is any indication, it will resemble a Nintendo 3DS, but you know, better.

The images presented in the patent below from LetsGoDigital ring to the bell of a similar tune to ZTE’s concept-in-action: two displays of equal size held together by a hinge.

The future is such a tease

The far-flung dream of foldable phones is, seemingly, different than what’s currently possible. Originally shown off at CES 2013, Samsung’s flexible AMOLED display gave us hope that there would soon be a smartphone that looked just like it: thin, single-screened, and so bendable that, perhaps, you could wrap it around your wrist.

But after a few years, we’re finally seeing what appears to be the early fruits of the foldable phone race. And based on the state of today’s technology and considering these patent images, it looks like there’s still work to do yet before we arrive at something so forward-looking.

ZTE’s attempt at merging two screens together and creating a cohesive experience around them went better than we imagined it would. So, if Samsung’s rumored Galaxy X puts forward a more refined take on the tech, we welcome it – even if we’re just taking small steps toward the future for now.


By Cameron Faulkner at techradar