Samsung has been working on a foldable Galaxy smartphone, and some analysts believe it will launch by the end of this year.{.intro}

The Electronic Times reports that Samsung would be making the device from development to production, with a plan to unveil the phone possibly at the end of the year or early next year.

The device reportedly will be shipped with a 7.3-inch flexible OLED screen, which will let it be folded and transition between a phone and tablet form-factor.

This isn't the first time Samsung has been rumoured to be working on a phone with a foldable screen, and we doubt that the company isn't working on this and other oddities, with the breadth of its operations. The firm's President of Mobile Business, Dongjin Koh, confirmed as such in 2017, telling reporters after the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 that it planned on introducing a foldable Galaxy in 2018 barring unexpected issues.

Samsung isn't the only smartphone manufacturers to work on foldable devices. The ZTE Axon M is a foldable device that has already been made available and even reviewed, albeit as a "fun phone that you probably shouldn't buy". Microsoft is also rumoured to be working on a foldable Windows device and Lenovo has worked on prototypes like the Folio.

It remains to be seen whether foldable hardware, of course, provides any benefit over a regular, fixed device. Samsung isn't above fun novelties, and if the concept has something behind it, the firm will be bringing it mainstream just like it did its Edge display. Otherwise, it'll just be another fun form factor in a history of discarded form-factors.

Via Android Police