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Samsung’s foldable smartphone might be more exciting than next year’s Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8, Note 7, X Release Date

For the past few years, Samsung has released two batches of flagship Android smartphones per year. But in 2017, the South Korean giant is rumored to be upping the ante by introducing a third flagship family in its yearly smartphone lineup. And from the looks of it, the Galaxy X should be an attractive option for phone buyers looking for a high-end device.

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Samsung’s 2017 smartphone roadmap is far from confirmed, but reports from Asia indicate that five flagship handsets are in the works for release next year. But don’t get too excited, as we’re still looking at just three families of devices.

The Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 7 edge, and Galaxy X are the five rumored devices.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7 phones are reportedly going to feature 2.5K resolution Super AMOLED displays with an RBG subpixel arrangement. What’s even more exciting about this report is that it claims the Galaxy X has a foldable screen with an impressive 4K resolution – and it’ll have a diamond PenTile subpixel arrangement, in case you were wondering.

The phone is believed to fold in half easily, SamMobile says. Why make a phone that folds? As big as phablets have gotten these days, it’ll be much easier to carry a phone that folds in half when you’re not using it.

Previous reports have also indicated that Samsung is working on foldable smartphones, and it’s not exactly a secret to begin with. For years, the company talked about smartphones with curved or foldable screens, filing patents that detail the technologies involved with building them.

It’s not clear at this time when the Galaxy X smartphone might be released. Traditionally, the Galaxy S arrives in the early months of the year, while the Galaxy Note is a late summer affair for Samsung.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.