Samsung foldable smartphone

Samsung to show off foldable smartphone at MWC 2017?

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SAMSUNG isn’t expected to turn heads in Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress, which will be held from February 27 to March 2. No, not when the main attraction is believed to be a tablet with faster specs and a 60-second teaser starring the Galaxy S8 — which may not reveal anything new given the leaks of late.

But Samsung could have something far more interesting in store for select attendees of the trade show. We’re talking a private demo of a foldable handset that might launch later this year, with great emphasis on the word “private,” as only distributors, retail and carrier partners, and reporters will likely see the device.

This may indicate its foldable concept won’t be available anytime soon, and that Samsung is looking to gather more feedback prior to an announcement.

Recall that in January, rumors of the company putting the finishing touches on a flexible phone called the Galaxy X made the rounds online. The Korean media reported only 100,000 units of the experimental device are set for release sometime in the third quarter of 2017.

Samsung foldable phone-cum-tablet

Samsung’s foldable smartphone, code-named Galaxy X, will purportedly become a 7-inch tablet when unfolded. (Via IndVideos)

Samsung obviously believes the future of the industry lies in bendable hardware, or tablets that fold in half to become phones. It isn’t alone, though; LG has been working on flexible displays for years, and it has reportedly inked a deal with Apple, Google, and Microsoft for supply requirements.

Of course, Samsung isn’t new to phones that break the mold. In 2014, it introduced the Galaxy Note Edge, which redefined the flat face of phones and led to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and a bunch of other curved phones by other manufacturers.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 15 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.