Not too long ago we reported about Samsung's rumoured plans for 2017 - allegedly we'll see no less than FIVE Samsung Galaxy flagship class smartphones during the year including a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge, a new Galaxy Note and an 'edge' counterpart (which may either be the Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy Note 8 depending on the accuracy of new rumours claiming the 2016 model will be the Galaxy Note 7 instead of Galaxy Note 6!).
The fifth and final piece of that puzzle is the so-called Samsung Galaxy X, the firm's first folding smartphone with a fully flexible 4K Super AMOLED display. This device is ultimately what Samsung has been aiming to produce for the last handful of years, we saw the first flexible OLED prototypes many moons ago at CES where the firm was up-front about its plans to pioneer the tech and bring it to market ASAP. However, it was clear at the time that the tech, then dubbed "YOUM", was in its infancy, nowhere near ready to be planted in a commercial smartphone release.
Now though, the story is different. Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch its début flexible model as the Galaxy X in 2017, though precisely when remains a mystery. And now we've seen a demonstration of a much more advanced prototype which is clearly pretty close to being market ready, and may even be giving us a glimpse of what will be present in the final product next year. The firm demonstrated its flexible OLED prototype at the SID 2016 expo (a dedicated display convention) in San Francisco - Slashgear was in attendance and shot the below video footage:
The demonstration model is a 5.7in display with a 1080p Full HD resolution which is fully flexible and 0.3mm thick (without the touch layer, that does add some more thickness) and clocks 386ppi. As you can see in the video, Samsung has it setup in a coiled container on an automated rig that unravels and collapses the display periodically to show just how flexible it is - and it's working the whole time showing what appear to be very colourful and vivid images and video footage.
Of course, 1080p is not the rumoured 4K for the Galaxy X, but not a bad resolution for such an innovative technology and, what's more, being a prototype it really is just to prove it can work; it's quite possible Samsung will still rollout a 4K res for the final product. Samsung has been working on this tech for long enough that it definitely has something of a head-start.
We have seen rival OEMs with similar plans and prototypes recently, including LG, but Samsung's seems to be the furthest along, the closest to market ready, and the only firm with a handset using said tech already rumoured to be prepping for launch.