Samsung plans to launch a foldable smartphone next year in the Galaxy Note series.
“One of our goals for next year is to release a foldable phablet and we are currently on the way to overcoming the hurdles before making it commercially available,” said Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile division at the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 in Seoul on Tuesday.
Samsung has hinted at introducing bendable screens since the early 2010s. It has filed a series of patents on flexible or foldable displays, and piloted production of a prototype earlier this year.
Koh expressed confidence in the success of the Note 8, saying domestic pre-orders in the first five days have reached over 650,000 already, some 2.5 times more than those of its predecessor last year.
Samsung received a record 395,000 pre-orders for its new flagship smartphone when it started taking pre-orders on Thursday.
The Galaxy Note 8 “broke the first-day record set by its predecessor, which took about two weeks to reach 380,000 pre-orders,” a Samsung spokesman said Friday.