Samsung is planning to launch a foldable smartphone early next year, the company has revealed.
Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, told press that such a device would arrive next year at a media event for the recently released Galaxy Note 8. But a new support page for the device, which is rumored to be called the Galaxy X, has now appeared on Samsung’s Korean website, suggesting that the device could launch very early in the new year.
The smartphone is thought to fold over by a hinge, and to feature a screen that is able to bend in one direction; when folded, it would look somewhat like a wallet in shape.
No other details about the device are currently known, but it may be worth noting that a patent for a foldable smartphone filed last year detailed how such a device could incorporate both fingerprint and iris scanners. Samsung has been promoting iris recognition as a key feature of its most recent flagship smartphones, and it could prove to be an increasingly important differentiator for Samsung devices as they compete against the iPhone X with its Face ID system.
That having been said, the Galaxy X may not end up competing on the global market, with Forbes pointing out that a component of the device’s model number as listed on the new support page suggests it will feature a limited release in the South Korean market, at least at its outset.