Is The World’s First Foldable Smartphone Finally Ready?

Is The World’s First Foldable Smartphone Finally Ready?

Samsung is known for being a little weird when it comes to smartphones. There are strange curves and slopes on Samsung devices. It even made the first super-sized smartphone which, at the time, was pretty weird. Perhaps its weirdest device, a folding smartphone years in the making, has long only been a rumour — but now, it might finally have a launch date.

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours and speculation — real and fabricated. BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz.

The image up above IS NOT what the final phone will look like. That’s just a concept from 2014. But this new rumour from Chinese website Weibo says there’s a January 2016 launch date for what Samsung is calling “Project Valley.” A January launch could peg the smartphone for a possible showing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January. If that’s the case, it’s possible it will be a very early prototype… something you won’t see on sale for a few more years.

However, the site also claims there are two variants running current processors, the Snapdragon 620 and 820. So, it’s possible that Project Valley is a testbed for the next Galaxy S7, and that a foldable smartphone could be closer than we think.

Whatever the case (and whether you’d even want a foldable smartphone or not), you have to admire Samsung trying to shake up the game — even if it’s not in buyable shape for a few more years. [SamMobile]