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Samsung Galaxy X may launch alongside Galaxy S9, S9+

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A mere hours before Apple announced the iPhone X in September, no less than Samsung’s mobile division chief Koh Dong-jin confirmed the existence of a foldable smartphone under the Galaxy Note line, a topic that has been speculated about for months.

Now, a support page for a device with the model number SM-G888N0 has gone live on the official Samsung Korea website. And surprise, surprise, that model number, according to previous reports, refers to the bendable Sammy phone dubbed the Samsung Galaxy X.

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Unfortunately for us, the page doesn’t include any technical details, but its existence is another confirmation that Samsung is indeed working on a one-of-a-kind device — which will probably debut soon enough in Korea ahead of other markets.

The company first introduced its flexible-display technology called Youm in 2012. In fact, our partner was in Las Vegas for CES 2013 when Stephen Woo, president of Samsung’s System LSI business, demoed a prototype device showcasing Youm as part of his keynote.

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As for how it will work, rumors hint at the possibility that the additional screen real estate might allow for two different apps to run simultaneously, similar to how Dual mode works on the foldable ZTE Axon M. Yup, it has been done before.

Second and third ZTE Axon M units show how Dual mode works.

On a related note, the Samsung Galaxy X is tipped to launch alongside the Galaxy S9, Samsung’s mainstream flagship for 2018. The S9 is expected to run on Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 845 chipset and Samsung’s Exynos 9810, depending on the region. The phone should keep its display size, though it could have a dual-camera system on the back, like that of the Galaxy Note 8, but more advanced.

With news that the Samsung Galaxy X is tipped to launch soon, could this mean the introduction of three top-end Samsung smartphones early next year?

Could this mean the introduction of three top-end Samsung smartphones early next year? Or will we see the Galaxy S9 Plus scrapped in favor of the Galaxy X? Honestly, it’s too early to tell. Exciting times ahead for the company nonetheless.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.