Samsung is having a pretty good year so far.
In addition to the acclaimed Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, the South Korean company also recently released the Galaxy Note 8, which has thankfully been without the battery problems that plagued its predecessor, the infamous Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung is not a company to rest on its laurels however, and a new report from the Associated Press confirms Samsung will next year finally launch one of its most rumoured about devices: a foldable smartphone.
President of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, Koh Dong-jin, revealed the company’s plans for a foldable smartphone launch in 2018 during a press conference held on Tuesday, stating:
‘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.’
Samsung first showcased a foldable smartphone prototype all the way back in 2013, and it seems the company has been working out the kinks ever since.
The concept device can be seen in the video below and takes the form of a foldable phone that bends in the middle, similar in style to the flip-phones that rose to popularity during the late 90’s.
The big difference however, is that the foldable Samsung device features a wallet design rather than the flip-phone’s clamshell design.
Many industry insiders and commentators have stated that foldable phones are the next big thing in the world of smartphones, and the first company to release a foldable device will understandably lead the market in a similar manner to how the iPhone dominated when it was originally released ten years ago.
It’s very likely Samsung will prevail in its efforts, ushering in a new age of foldable smartphones that require less space to store and are easier to handle.