16/03/2017 14:30 GMT | Updated 16/03/2017 14:31 GMT

Samsung's Foldable Smartphone Could Finally Be Unveiled This Year, Reports Suggest

We're crossing our fingers.

First came flip-phones, then came smartphones. Now, we might finally get our hands on a foldable smartphone.

Samsung is reportedly set to unveil its prototype, bendy handset in the third quarter of this year.

According to ET News, only a few thousand devices will be produced at first and they will be reserved for mobile network providers to assess demand.

Samsung showed off a foldable smartphone concept in 2013. 

But, all going well, the phones could be rolled out for a consumer launch in 2018, the tech site reported.

The story lends weight to a previous report from the Korea Herald, which said the phone would be unveiled this autumn.

The smartphone’s panels would face outwards when it’s folded and could be used as a 7-inch tablet when it’s not, the paper reported.

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Samsung unveiled a flexible smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013 and rumours of a release have circulated ever since.

Back in November, it was revealed that the firm had patented a design for a foldable smartphone with a long, narrow handset and a flexible seam.

There’s no guarantee it will resemble the final product, but given it can close semi-automatically, we really hope it does.