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Samsung rumored to launch vertically foldable phone with 6.7-inch display

Galaxy Fold delay be damned.


Another report says we could see a clamshell-like foldable from Samsung.

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Despite the currently indefinite delay of the Samsung Galaxy Fold's release, the Korean tech giant is reportedly working on another foldable phone, this time with a clamshell-like, vertically folding design, where the top would fold down over the bottom, and a 6.7 inch display. SamMobile reported the news Tuesday, citing a story from Korea's ET News.

Samsung was forced to delay the April launch of its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, when review units suffered from problems including bubbling under the screen and displays that broke.

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Tuesday's SamMobile report is in line with a March report by Bloomberg that said Samsung was working on two additional foldable phones, including the clamshell-like design. SamMobile said the vertically folded phone could launch in 2020 and that it'll have a one-inch screen on the front to display notifications while the device is folded.

The earlier Bloomberg report said Samsung is also planning to launch a third foldable phone, which would fold away from the user like the Huawei Mate X, a phone that was likewise delayed earlier this month

The $2,600 Mate X was delayed from its summer launch in part to improve the quality of the foldable screen. Huawei's Mate X will reportedly be launched by September.

Last week, Samsung reportedly denied rumors that the Galaxy Fold would be released in July, leaving the Korean tech giant's foldable phone launch date still up in the air.

AT&T has sent cancellation notices to those who preordered the Galaxy Fold, citing Samsung's delay in releasing the device. Customers who preordered the Fold will receive a $100 AT&T promotional credit. This followed Best Buy canceling Galaxy Fold preorders in May due to Samsung not providing a new release date. 

Samsung said it doesn't comment on rumors or speculation.

First published at 12:52 p.m. PT on June 25.  
Updated on June 26 at 9:14 a.m. PT: adds Samsung declining to comment