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(Pocket-lint) - You've probably heard by now that Samsung is working on foldable phones. But did you know it's also doing the same for laptops?

This tidbit isn't based on some shady rumour or supply chain component leak, but rather, Samsung itself. The company, weeks before it is expected to unveil its foldable smartphone concept for developers, has revealed it is working on other types of devices with foldable displays.

“Like foldable smartphones, Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays that will not just simply fold in and out but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops,” said Lee Min-cheol, vice president of PC marketing at Samsung, during an event in South Korea earlier this week, according to Patently Apple.

If you think about it, we already have convertible - or hybrid - laptops that can flip around and twist and prop up into a tent shape, all with the purpose of turning them into tablet-like devices. But Samsung's foldable display technology is quite literally a type of flexible display, so if you imagine that on a laptop form factor, it's easy to see how new designs and experiences could emerge.

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Now, Microsoft is reportedly working on a "pocketable" Surface device with a foldable display, so Samsung isn't the first company to dream big in this space. We have a feeling the industry as a whole is getting closer to delivering fresh, innovative devices, and it's exciting to think about.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on 24 October 2018.