Samsung’s crazy folding smartphone is actually happening in 2017

Believe it or not, if you are interested, you will be having the crazy foldable smartphone in your hands by 2017. According to Korean news site ETNews, Samsung will apparently start mass producing the foldable smartphone for an early 2017 release.

Samsung had in January, 2016, filed a patent suggesting that the company was working on a smartphone with foldable display tech.

New Samsung patent suggests a smartphone that can fold into half like a wallet

In a call with investors in January, director of Samsung’s Display division Lee Chang-hoon said “Development of Foldable OLED is taking place according to our plan…We are planning on mass-production and release this product by discussing without partners.”

It seems that Chang-hoon was speaking about a foldable device which it had patented in January, 2016. There’s still no name for the foldable device yet, but ETNews believes it’ll have a 5-inch screen when it’s in smartphone mode and 7-inch tablet when you unfold the screen.

Though we have the images from Samsung’s patent filings, no one has knows what the final product will look like.  Actually know one even knows whether it will be full fledged smartphone. Samsung in a statement issued in August 2015 stated that , “The folding-style design combined with smartphone features, including the Internet, messenger and social networking services, will add to the device’s convenience.”

Falling smartphone sales have forced Samsung to innovate but no one knows whether this foldable smartphone technology will click with the users.

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