New smartphone will transform into a tablet

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Rumours are circulating that Samsung’s latest technology offering, a foldable smartphone that transforms into an easier-to-read tablet format, is already in production, with first sales planned for this year.

The electronics company failed to deliver on its undertaking to release a multi-screen device in 2017. And now the talk is that Galaxy X will be released before 2019.

Apple, Samsung, ZTE and LG are all racing to be the first to market with a foldable smartphone, with all four companies filing patents for the technology in 2017.

The Galaxy X is believed to be a three-panelled device that can be converted from regular phone mode to tablet mode. This involves the two screens that normally sit at the back of the device being folded out to create a seven-inch screen, which is almost the same size as the iPad mini.

If you’re one of the many people who struggle to read the font on an ordinary phone screen without the assistance of glasses, then the ability of this device to fold open, doubling the screen space, could mean a lot less scrolling and better visibility.

For a glimpse at what the phone may look like, watch the video below.

What do you think? Would you use this type of smartphone?

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Written by Liv Gardiner

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    I chose the Galaxy 8 over the 9 because of size. Doubt whether the X is going to fit into my travel pockets either.

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    Why can’t people use their phone just as a phone (as I do), and carry out all their computing on a computer? Mobile phones are already overcomplicated enough as it is.

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    Won’t be able to afford it anyway, but an interesting idea. I don’t own a tablet because I do not see why I need one, already have the smartphone and laptop.


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