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It looks like Samsung's crazy folding smartphone is actually happening

• Antonio Villas-Boas

According to Korean news site ETNews, Samsung will apparently start mass-producing the "smartlet" — as we call it — this year for a 2017 release.

What the heck is a smartlet? It's a smartphone with a folding screen that can turn into a tablet when you unfold it.

In a call with investors in January, Lee Chang-hoon, director of Samsung's display division, said that "Development of Foldable OLED is taking place according to our plan ... We are planning on mass-production and release this product by discussing without partners."

Now, it looks like Chang-hoon is specifically referring to a foldable display here rather than a foldable smartphone, which doesn't confirm that Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone. Only that it's working on a foldable display.

Yet ETNews claims to have spoken with a Samsung source familiar with the foldable device.