|Samsung tries to steal Apple's iPhone X thunder by teasing foldable Galaxy Note in 2018|
"As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," the president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, D.J. Koh, told a group of reporters ahead of the Galaxy Note 8's Sept. 15 launch, according to the Associated Press. "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product."
Samsung has shown off flexible OLED prototypes since 2013, and has been rumored as close to a commercial product since 2015. While the company has pioneered the use of curved OLED in devices like the Galaxy S8, foldable technology has proven more challenging.
Foldable OLED could allow a "Note 9" to expand from one size to another, or alternately open and close like a book, protecting the screen when it's not in use.