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Samsung  has long been rumoured to be developing a radical folding phone – and it could soon see the light of day, it has been claimed.

A support page for the handset has been spotted online weeks after if was certified by Korean authorities.

It is believed the handset could be unveiled at the CES show in Las  Vegas in January.

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A support page for the handset has been spotted online weeks after if was certified by Korean authorities.

A previous Samsung patent revealed what the handset is expected to look like, with a hinge allowing it to be folded rather like a wallet.

The handset has the model number SM-G888N0 – with the NO signifying it will only go on sale in South Korea.

According to Dutch site Lets Go Digital, the Samsung Galaxy X will get a flip-phone design with two displays of which one will be flexible.  

‘In addition to the Galaxy X foldable smartphone we believe Samsung may also work on a Galaxy foldable tablet,’ the site says.  

Samsung has already announced that it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand.

The handset has the model number SM-G888N0 - with the NO signifying it will only go on sale in South Korea.

The handset has the model number SM-G888N0 - with the NO signifying it will only go on sale in South Korea.

The handset has the model number SM-G888N0 – with the NO signifying it will only go on sale in South Korea.

Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said earlier this year the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release the ‘the holy grail’ of smartphones with a bendable display.

But he said at the time there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.

SAMSUNG’S FOLDING PATENT 

Samsung has previously been awarded a patent for a radical design that allows a phone to fold in two.

It could lead to a handset that can easily transform into a tablet – simply by unfolding it. 

A complex hinge allows it to be folded

A complex hinge allows it to be folded

A complex hinge allows the device to be folded in half

When folded, the device resembles a wallet, patent drawings have shown

The document shows a narrow Samsung device with a screen that bends and folds like an old-school flip phone handset, with a large hinge.

The device is described as something that can be ‘folded or unfolded semi automatically.’

 

 

Mr Dong-jin revealed Samsung’s ambitious plans during a media day for Galaxy Note 8 in Seoul today. 

He said: ‘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.’

In the hope of getting one step ahead of its rivals, Samsung has announced that it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand. Pictured is a screenshot from a conceptual video produced in 2015 showing what the device may look like

In the hope of getting one step ahead of its rivals, Samsung has announced that it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand. Pictured is a screenshot from a conceptual video produced in 2015 showing what the device may look like

In the hope of getting one step ahead of its rivals, Samsung has announced that it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand. Pictured is a screenshot from a conceptual video produced in 2015 showing what the device may look like

He did not elaborate what the problems are, but analysts said mass-producing a foldable phone with top tech features and a thin body will take time.

When Samsung will release its first foldable phone has been a perennial question in the market since Samsung first showcased a flexible display prototype called Youm in 2013. 

For at least the past two years, there have been rumours that Samsung is close to showing off its first smartphones that can be folded.

When Samsung will release its first foldable phone has been a perennial question in the market. Pictured is a bendable screen revealed by Samsung in 2015

When Samsung will release its first foldable phone has been a perennial question in the market. Pictured is a bendable screen revealed by Samsung in 2015

When Samsung will release its first foldable phone has been a perennial question in the market. Pictured is a bendable screen revealed by Samsung in 2015

Mr Dong-jin also said the company is working with auto-systems maker Harman to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled speaker that users can speak to in order to play music and conduct other tasks. 

Samsung acquired the Stamford-based company last year as part of its plans to expand in the emerging market for connected cars.

Amazon and Google already have those always-on voice-controlled speakers in the market while Apple’s Homepod is due to go on sale later this year. 

For at least the past two years, there have been rumours that Samsung is close to showing off its first smartphones that can be folded. Pictured is a patent filed by the firm in 2015 for a folding device 

For at least the past two years, there have been rumours that Samsung is close to showing off its first smartphones that can be folded. Pictured is a patent filed by the firm in 2015 for a folding device 

For at least the past two years, there have been rumours that Samsung is close to showing off its first smartphones that can be folded. Pictured is a patent filed by the firm in 2015 for a folding device 

Pictured is an idea of what a foldable screen could look like

Pictured is an idea of what a foldable screen could look like

Samsung has already developed a flexible OLED screen

Samsung has already developed a flexible OLED screen

In May, Samsung revealed a flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen which could stretch in both direction by as much as 12 millimetres

It is not clear when Samsung’s voice-controlled speaker, which will likely use the South Korean company’s Bixby voice assistant, will be unveiled. 

Mr Dong-jin did not say when it will hit the market.

Samsung’s mobile president said market response to the Note 8 beat its expectations even though its price was more expensive than past models and even as the Note brand’s reputation took a hit from its previous model, the disgraced Note 7 phone that was recalled twice and discontinued after it spontaneously overheated or caught fire.

Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display 

Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display 

Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a…



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