There's been a lot of talk about Samsung's folding phone this year, following rumours that the device made a surprise (and secret) appearance at CES. While Samsung initially revealed to investors that the phone would be available this year, rumours suggested that it was actually being postponed until early 2019. Now, though, Samsung has confirmed the long-awaited foldable phone will launch before the year is up.
Speaking to CNBC at IFA, Samsung mobile division CEO DJ Koh confirmed that the foldable phone will arrive before the end of the year. He even went into detail about the kind of things it will be able to do, which makes this the most we've ever officially heard about this handset.
"But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet? If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it?
So every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer. So when the end customer uses it, (they think) 'wow, this is the reason Samsung made it'."
The meaningfulness aspect of the phone is similar to what we've heard before, with Koh previously confirming that the foldable Galaxy X wouldn't be a one-time thing. The company seemingly has plans to continue developing and releasing folding phones in the future. It's also something Huawei emphasised when asked about the rumours suggesting it wanted to beat Samsung to market with a folding phone of its own.
Koh didn't confirm exactly when we'd see the phone, but did suggest that it could be unveiled at the Samsung Developer's Conference in November. It's important to remember, however, that launch doesn't always mean the same thing as release. So while we may get to see the mythical handset before the New Year, it's possible that it won't go on sale until 2019.