Samsung has been teasing the potential of a foldable smartphone for years now, but the device may be ready for prime time soon. According to a new report, the Korean tech giant is set to launch the high-tech handset, codenamed Project Valley, as soon as early 2016.
This new rumor, originally discovered on Chinese social media site Weibo, suggests that Samsung's folding phone will ship in two variations -- one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor, and another with a Snapdragon 820 chip. Other rumored specs include 3GB of RAM, a microSD slot and a non-removable battery, the latter of which is becoming standard on all of Samsung's new smartphones.
While we're not sure how exactly a folding phone would look and feel, a 2013 concept video for the company's Samsung Youm flexible displays provides some clues. In the video, one person is shown using two-sided smartphone that can fold out into a tablet, while another user is seen pulling a full-size display out of a small, stick-like device.
Samsung is no stranger to innovative display tech -- the company has numerous curved TVs and monitors on the market, and devices such as the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus sport curved-edge screens that allow for a variety of extra functions.
The foldable phone's rumored January launch window lines up with CES 2016, which would mark exactly three years since Samsung first announced its bendable-display technology.