Fresh off the unveiling of the new Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Electronics Co. says it now aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand.
While talking to the reporters, Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung, said the company is hoping to release a smartphone with a bendable display in 2018. But he also added there are several hurdles to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.
“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” Koh said. “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.”
“We are digging thoroughly into several issues we must overcome, as we don’t want to just make a few, sell a few and be done. We want to hear that Samsung made a very good product,” he further added. “We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap.”
The comments were made at Samsung’s news conference for the Galaxy Note 8, just hours before Apple announcement of Apple X.
Samsung has publicly spoken about plans for a foldable phone for the first time and if the reports are true, company produced a number of dual-screen smartphones made up of two OLED displays joined by a hinge this year to test the capabilities of a foldable device.