Samsung has long been rumored to be developing a foldable Android smartphone. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, it could finally be coming early next year…

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As Samsung faces lowering sales figures, the giant is apparently prepping this foldable phone as something new. Currently being prototyped, the device codenamed “Winner” apparently has a 7-inch folding screen which can be folded in half “like a wallet.”

While many have expected Samsung to use a form factor that is a phone first, tablet second, this device may actually turn out to be a tablet all of the time. When folded, the screen wouldn’t be visible, with just a small display “bar” on the outside alongside the cameras. Presumably, that bar would be used for showing crucial information such as notifications.

When unfolded, the device has a 7-inch display like a tablet. Thanks to this design, though, it’s much more of a portable device that fits in pockets and purses.

The screen can be folded in half, like a wallet, these people said. When folded, the exterior of the phone boasts a small display bar on the front and cameras in the back, they added.

The foldable-screen device has long been one of the industry’s most hotly-rumored pursuits, with several phone makers said to be developing their own versions. Unlike a traditional flip phone, the device when opened would be almost all screen, giving consumers a large display akin to a tablet, with the portability of a phone that could fit in a consumer’s hand, pocket or purse.

Apparently, Samsung plans to target specific markets with this device in a small rollout when it debuts in early 2019. A broader debut could take place later in the year. The device has been in development for some time, but the report mentions that the project has taken on a “greater sense of urgency” in recent months.

As far as specs and pricing details for this device, we simply don’t know just yet. WSJ mentions that pricing could surpass $1,500, with Samsung betting on the device’s novelty to convince some to give it a shot.


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