Regularly reliable Samsung news site SamMobile has come to the table with a doozy today, May 13, with a report stating that the firm, following up on its incredible performance in Q1 2016 with the Galaxy S7 series, will push out a grand total of FIVE Galaxy flagship models in 2017. In addition, the report claims that amongst the devices will be a new model dubbed the Samsung Galaxy X, which will utilise the firm's flexible Super AMOLED technology, but unlike the Galaxy S7 edge with a fixed curved screen it will be the first folding smartphone with a truly flexible OLED setup.
Of course anyone who has followed the smartphone space for a while will not be too surprised about this; Samsung has been open and pretty clear in its intentions for years about it plans to launch a fully flexible smartphone one day - it was simply a question of when; whenever the technology became viable for commercial mass production. The curved EDGE displays we've seen on the last few generations has simply been a run-up to this. A test-bed.
SamMobile describes a launch schedule which at first will mimic 2016; in the first quarter or first half of the year it's believed the firm will simply launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge, probably around MWC, just as it did this year. At the same time, it is expected we will see the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy Note 7 edge launched later in the year, although exactly when isn't clear, previously this has been September, but rumours say this year's Galaxy Note 6 will arrive in August.
It is interesting that SamMobile's sources class the Galaxy Note series as a flagship (we would too, but generally the industry doesn't seem to) and that there will be TWO models, one with an EDGE display in 2017 - this year the rumours are pretty adamant that Samsung will only release ONE Galaxy Note 6 model and is attempting to decide on either equipping it with an EDGE display or not. All Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7 reportedly feature QHD display panels using Samsung's pretty amazing Super AMOLED RGB tech currently seen on the Galaxy S7.
However, the new model, the Samsung Galaxy X, will feature a 4K "diamond" PenTile setup - this phone is also said to be the same one previously codenamed "Project Valley". It's said users will be able to fold up the handset to make it easily fit in a pocket.
The firm's portfolio has been steadily increasing since it started adding EDGE variants of its flagships, previously we'd just see a Galaxy S and a Galaxy Note flagship every year, then with the Galaxy Note 4 Samsung tested a dual-launch with the Galaxy Note EDGE alongside. Because that was so well-received the firm later followed up with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, as well as the Galaxy S6 edge+ phablet variant which released alongside the Galaxy Note 5.
At present there aren't any other details about the new Galaxy X phone in terms of specs or price, and we don't know when it will launch in Samsung's 2017 roadmap, but if all this turns out to be true (and we suspect it is) then we'll see a lot more leaks in the coming months.
So there you have it folks, next year is going to be crazy for Samsung fans!