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Samsung’s mobile boss said its foldable phone could launch next year

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It’s no secret that Samsung’s been working on a folding phone. In fact, it first showed off a prototype way back in 2011, and since then there’s been a steady trickle of information, both official and leaked, but no real sign of the handset hitting the market. At least, until now.

Samsung’s president of mobile, Koh Dong-Jin, has told reporters (opens in new tab) that the company is aiming to release a phone with a bendable display in 2018.

However, he added that there are problems to be overcome first, which suggests the foldable phone could well slip back further.

But with the iPhone 8 - Apple’s most exciting phone in years - about to launch, it would make sense for Samsung to try and one-up its rival next year.

A credible claim

And release date news coming from a top Samsung executive is promising, as it suggests that even if the phone doesn’t land next year, the company is likely getting close to a launch.

The phone, often referred to as the Samsung Galaxy X, has been given a number of vague release dates over the years, but rarely by a Samsung employee, and never by one this senior, though Koh’s claims are slightly at odds with a claim from a Samsung Display engineer earlier this year, who said that the Galaxy X likely wouldn’t arrive before 2019.

If a foldable phone is sold by Samsung next year, we suspect it will be available in limited numbers and likely at a very high price, so you may still want to wait until at least 2019 – when a more refined model might arrive - to actually buy one.

Via Phone Arena (opens in new tab)

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.