By Anu Passary | Oct 27, 2012 08:01 PM EDT
Samsung is working on a foldable touchscreen device to add to its Galaxy portfolio of devices, which the company will likely launch in 2013, indicate reports. According to TechJailBreak, the device "Galaxy Q" will be Android-powered and is listed on GLBenchmark as "GT-B9150."
"One of the new SoC from Samsung Exynos 5 has been listed for an unknown product of the Korean company; in this case we are talking about Samsung Galaxy Q with AMOLED double screen as a book and promising as a hybrid," noted TechJailBreak.
In 2011, designer Heyon You had created a concept Samsung device which employed the company's flexible and foldable AMOLED display. Samsung's foldable display, which is a prototype, is made from two AMOLED panels, a module case, a protective glasses cover, and silicone rubber. Stress tests Samsung conducted revealed that the display could be "folded 100,000 times before a 6% decrease in brightness was noticed along the seam." What's more, this decrease in brightness is apparently not perceptible to the human eye.
If the rumors have any grain of truth in them, then the Galaxy Q will be Samsung's first-ever foldable touchscreen device. TechJailBreak also indicated that the alleged foldable device will sport a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD Dual display with 1280 x 672 pixels resolution. Whether the device is a smartphone or tablet or a hybrid is yet unknown.
"Its resolution of 1280 x 672 pixels is quite rare and it is not known if it is a smartphone or tablet. Or a mixture of both in a special design that Samsung showed long as Galaxy Q with 5.3 inch screen foldable book format," noted the TechJailBreak report.
The rumored specifications indicate that Samsung could employ its new Exynos 5250 processor. This processor is based on the Arm Cortex-A15 design and has a 1.7GHz dual-core chip and Mali T-604, and offers significant performance improvements when compared to the company's current Cortex-A9 ARM chips.
The Galaxy Q will have 2GB of RAM and a powerful 3500mAh battery will fuel the device. The purported device will also feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper. The device will also pack in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options and will support Near Field Communication (NFC). It is speculated that the device will run the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. However, since the device is rumored to launch in 2013, it is possible that it may come with Google's latest Android platform, which is available at the time of release.
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