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Samsung’s foldable phone gets certified

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The internet is abuzz with talks about Samsung’s mysterious foldable smartphone, commonly referred to as the Galaxy X. It seems the handset recently got spotted online in a listing at South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency.

A phone called the SM-G888 popped up on the Korean regulator’s website. Many believe this is the model number of the Galaxy X since it doesn’t correspond to any other series in Samsung’s portfolio. This isn’t definitive of course, but there’s very little official information to go on.

It appears the SM-G888 is meant only for South Korea. This makes sense given that the country is Samsung’s home base, but there will probably be other variants for international territories. That’ll naturally be possible only if the device ever goes to market.

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Some have assumed that Samsung will launch the smartphone soon based on its appearance at the National Radio Research Agency, but this is pretty uncertain. Firstly, the SM-G888 has emerged on other certification sites like the Bluetooth SIG before and there’s no telling if this is just a prototype or the real deal.

Secondly, Samsung confirmed that it was working on a foldable handset earlier this month. It stated that the product could be part of the Galaxy S or Note line and come out in 2018. The company says it’s currently trying to overcome the obstacles it’s facing in trying to put a bendable screen on a device.

Samsung also emphasized that it would only show off the Galaxy X to the world when it was ready. If and when it does, the device will serve as an interesting counterpoint to the iPhone X or its sequel.