We have been hearing rumors that Samsung might have a foldable phone in works, and by that we don’t mean a flip phone that can fold in half, but rather a smartphone with a full touchscreen display that can actually bend/fold at will. It was initially rumored that such a device could be launched in 2017, but it seems that will no longer be the case.

However the good news is that it does not appear we will have to wait too long for it. A report from The Korea Herald has revealed that Samsung’s smartphone with a foldable display will come in 2018, or at least that’s the plan according to the company’s CEO, Koh Dong-jin. According to Koh, the company does have plans for such a device and are aiming to launch it in 2018, assuming that it is ready by then.

Koh claims that there are some technological hurdles in creating such a device, but once that’s overcome they will be making such a device part of their roadmap. “We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap. We will launch a foldable device when we are fully ready, and we are aiming to do so next year.”

The idea of a smartphone with a foldable display is a rather interesting one, and  could lead to interesting uses, but whether or not such a device is a novelty, like glasses-free 3D smartphones, or if it could end up a hit like the curved displays on the recently launched Galaxy Note 8 remains to be seen.

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