Rumours that Samsung is working on a foldable phone have been around for years, and have never really gone away. Then reports popped up claiming the company secretly showed one off at CES, ready for a launch towards the end of the year. There's good news there, because the company has confirmed one will arrive before the end of 2018.
The news was confirmed in Samsung's Q4 2017 earnings conference call, with the company stating a foldable OLED smartphone will arrive at an unspecified time this year:
“In 2018, we will differentiate through development of cutting-edge products such as foldable OLED smartphones.”
That's pretty much all the information we have right now, and while it's not a lot it's nice to have some confirmation of a device that's been floating around the rumour mill for what seems like forever.
Chances are that the previous reports claiming the phone will be released towards the end of the year are accurate, especially since Samsung already have two phones (S9 and S9+) due at the end of February. Launching a foldable smartphone alongside the Galaxy Note 9 makes sense, and would give Samsung a nice bit of press.
IFA 2014 was also the year Samsung debuted its now-standard Edge display with the Galaxy Note Edge, making this year's IFA (31st Aug to 5th Sept) would be the perfect opportunity to launch something new and innovative like a folding phone. Especially if reports that the phone will be a limited run are accurate.
There's a chance this launch will get pushed back, so don't get your hopes too high, but for now it's nice to hear that something is happening. [Ubergizmo]