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Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone to launch in 2017 alongside S8 and Note 7?

Samsung may be set to launch five flagship devices in 2017, with new foldable smartphone the Galaxy X joining familiar names like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7 in its high-end lineup.

So far, 2016 has been a pretty stellar year for handsets, and for Samsung in particular. Its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices have taken home plenty of plaudits, and we haven’t even arrived at the Galaxy Note 6 yet.

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But 2017 could be even bigger for the South Korean electronics giant, after rumours surfaced linking the mobile manufacturer with the release of a foldable smartphone potentially called the Galaxy X.

At least, that’s the latest from occasionally reliable Samsung blog SamMobile. Highlighting some slightly shady-looking social media reports out of Korea, it now says that the foldable Galaxy X will join the firm’s flagship range alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7 as soon as 2017.

It’s not first time we’ve heard rumours that Samsung is developing a handset with a foldable screen, of course. These murmurings date back a good few years and are ultimately linked to various patents held by Samsung.

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Apparently being developed under the codename ‘Project Valley’, the leaks suggest that the Galaxy X will look like a normal handset when closed, but will fold out to double in size and (by the sounds of it) more closely resemble a tablet.

When might we be able to expect this futuristic device? If Samsung follows previous launch patterns, the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge are most likely to appear in spring 2017, with the Galaxy X potentially arriving alongside the Note 7 in the autumn.

Is the Galaxy X foldable smartphone just a pipe dream or will we see it on shelves shortly? Let us know in the comments below.

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