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Samsung’s first foldable phone may launch in 2017

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New York, May 13, 2016: Samsung has been focusing on its innovative edge display technology for the last few years to make some handsome-looking phones, but it may soon take things to the next level with foldable tech.

Rumors of the Samsung foldable phone – codenamed Project Valley – have been building for a few years, and the latest leak suggests it’ll be ready for a release next year, under the name Galaxy X.

A post on Chinese social networking site Weibo suggests the Samsung Galaxy X will feature a foldable 4K display to keep the resolution high when the device is bent – which would be a fantastic achievement if it really does have the ability to fully fold.

LG has released bendable phones – the G Flex and G Flex 2, in 2013 and 2014 respectively – but the Galaxy X is rumoured to be a much more complicated setup, which can fold up like a wallet.

We can’t properly view the source story – or even decipher what’s written in the screengrabs over on SamMobile – and this, combined with the fact that we weren’t expecting to see such a breakthrough in flexible screens this soon, suggests this could all be wild speculation rather than fact.

Galaxy X Factor

The ‘source’ also goes on to make some rather dull claims that most of us could have predicted: there will be another four flagship Samsung phones in 2017.

The (obvious) names of those are to be expected as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Edge, Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy Note 7 Edge – although the latter would be an interesting move, rather than just calling it the S8 Edge+ to mimic the naming convention of last year.

Each phone will apparently feature a 2.5K resolution Super AMOLED display, with an RBG subpixel arrangement to continue Samsung’s run of impressive screens.

Whether we’ll see that in a foldable phone next year remains to be seen.