Flying cars. Robot butlers. Holograms. Hoverboards. Foldable screens.

All of these things were promised to us at one point or another, but those promises were never delivered upon. At least the first four items in this list had the decency to be labelled science fiction. But foldable screens? We’ve been teased with those for a few years now, and not through whimsical sci-fi stories, but real-world patents.

The Samsung Galaxy X is now the latest to tantalize us with the possibility of a foldable screen. The Galaxy X would look like a normal handset (albeit a big one with a 7.3-inch OLED display), but it would fold in half like a flip phone.

It was reportedly shown around behind closed doors at CES 2018, which is a big deal considering how many other foldable devices from recent years never made it past the conceptual stage. The Galaxy X does exist in some form or another. It will use a stylus and be part of the Note line.

The screen will be a polyimide film and the phone will be lightweight, flexible, and heat and chemical resistant. It was originally scheduled for a Q3 2017 release, but due to a delay in getting the production facility up and running, Samsung is now shooting for a late 2018/early 2019 release.

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