Samsung announced last Fall that it would do what no other smartphone manufacturer has done: the Korean manufacturer promised to mass-produce a flexible smartphone (semi-flexible). A Samsung representative said that the initial price for the smartphones would be premium initially, seeing that most consumers cherish their glass phones and prefer them over new, flexible smartphones that may feel weird to consumers at first. Still, it is a novel idea because there are quite a few manufacturers (Sony, HP, Nokia, etc.) who have all produced prototypes but never went any further into manufacturing flexible smartphones.
Samsung promises that it will produce a semi-flexible smartphone this year, what many believe to be the Galaxy Q. Here’s what we know about the Galaxy Q:
- Exynos 5 processor
- 1080p video
- Dual Display (Super AMOLED)
- 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
- 1.7 Ghz, dual-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 2-megapixel, front-facing camera
- 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera
- 3500mAh battery
- Android 4.2.1
The Exynos 5 processor is a new one that will bypass the Exynos 4 processor, known for its loophole that left the door wide open to malware and hackers on some Samsung smartphones such as the International Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note phablets. It will still run on a dual-core processor, not the quad-core or octal-core processors we’ve been hearing about since the start of the New Year. It will have 2GB RAM, one of the industry “step-ups” in memory, and average cameras. The front-facing camera is a step up from front cameras in 2012 (which measured somewhere in the 1-1.5 MP range), but the rear-facing camera is the standard camera for a 2012 smartphone. The iPhone 4S and 5 both have 8MP cameras, so the Galaxy Q will stand up to these two latest Apple smartphones. The 1920 x 1080 screen resolution will make the dual-display smartphone not only the most revolutionary on the market, but also one of the brightest displays on the market. While Apple boasts of its Retina display, Super AMOLED (active-matrix-organic-light-emitting-diode) has become Samsung’s trademark for its smartphones. Finally, Android 4.2.1 is the latest available Android OS, so customers can be satisfied that their smartphone will not only feature a dual display, but the best Android OS on the planet.
The latest news surrounding the new flexible smartphone is that it will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) come the end of the month. Is that true? Tech writers seem to think so (depending on who you talk to), but I do not. After all, the semi-flexible phone will be one of the hottest smartphones of the year, in step with Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S4. Since Samsung, Amazon, and Google have started to hold their own announcements and press releases, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see Samsung reveal one of its newest phones at MWC. The company may reveal its low-end smartphones and consumer electronics (perhaps some of its newest tablets, like the Galaxy Note 8.0), but I highly doubt the newest smartphones will show at the conference.
To make matters worse, Samsung will not have a press conference at MWC, according to Stefan Constantinescu:
“Samsung’s Galaxy S2 was shown off at MWC, but the Galaxy S3 wasn’t. Samsung preferred hosting their [sic] own event. The same thing will happen this year, no doubt, but according to Pocket-Lint, Samsung isn’t even going to bother holding a press conference at the world’s largest mobile convention this year…why is Samsung doing this?…who is Samsung’s number one competitor? Apple. When Apple holds a keynote, how is it structured? They start with an update on sales numbers, the [sic] show off a product that’s ‘good,’ but not ‘great,’ and then finally they have their piece de resistance. Contrast this with Samsung, who gets up on stage, blows their load in five minutes, and then talks for 90 minutes about a ton of new features in TouchWiz, half of which you might be able to remember when the presentation is finished” (Stefan Constantinescu, Samsung Isn’t Even Going To Bother Having a Press Conference at MWC).
When you add to this the fact that the Google France team just announced this week that Google will not have an Android booth at MWC, it makes the tech conference look somewhat bleak. The Galaxy Q will debut at Google I/O, if nowhere else. I just wish that Google would not drag out the suspense by making us wait until May.