Samsung SM-G888, which has been rumoured to be a foldable smartphone called Samsung Galaxy X, was certified by the South Korean telecom regulator National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) recently. The NRRA is FCC’s South Korean equivalent and every mobile device manufactured, sold or imported in South Korea has to be certified by the agency. This certification is a clear indicator that Samsung is getting closer to making foldable smartphones a reality.
The certification itself doesn’t provide any device specific details, so we are still in the dark about the actual specifications of this foldable phone.
The sighting at NRRA comes soon days after Samsung mobile business president Koh Dong-jin’s comments about the possible release of Samsung’s first foldable smartphone in 2018.
“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year. When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product,” Koh had said at the time.
So, what do we know so far?
As of now, we know that Samsung has been working on a foldable smartphone, which allegedly carries the model number SM-G888. It is expected to be launched in 2018 and has already passed Wi-Fi certification, Bluetooth certification and NRRA certification. The phone is yet to appear at FCC and until the phone gets certified by FCC, any US release is out of the question. It is quite likely that Samsung will launch the first-gen foldable phone in just South Korea, and bring a second-gen foldable phone to other markets.