It seems that both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will not be the finest smartphones ever made by Samsung this year. Apparently, the company is said to be already working on a new "foldable handset" model with an OLED display that will be more powerful than the said flagship phones.
The Unnamed Foldable Samsung Device
According to an article at BGR, the unnamed foldable smartphone will be a step above compared to regular flagship handsets which will deliver a luxurious design and high quality beyond anything Samsung has done so far - an ultra-premium smartphone. It's said that the said device was secretly showcased to a limited of partners at the 2017 Mobile World Congress event.
What makes the device special is its screen, but Samsung is preventing any further leaks to come out. It is also said that the unnamed device is the foldable Samsung handset that was mentioned about in recent rumors.
When Is It Coming?
ET News reported that Samsung's initial plan was to mass produce a few thousand prototypes in the first quarter, but decided to delay it in order to invest more time into raising the quality of the entire product. With that being said, the prototypes will instead be produced in the third quarter, which will then be distributed to testers and partners for get feedback about the said device.
BGR noted that assuming the report is accurate and Samsung will stick to the schedule, the prototype could be unveiled at the IFA 2017. However, though it is expected to be unveiled later this year, the final version may not actually hit store shelves until some point in 2018.
Other Phone Manufacturers To Make Foldable Handsets
Samsung won't be the only one gunning for fordable handsets. Apparently, various Chinese handset makers such as Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo are rumored to be working as well with the help of local display makers like BOE, Visionox and AUO. As for Samsung's foldable handset, the OLED screen will be provided by the company's own Samsung Display.