Here’s where Samsung will launch its folding phone in January

Will Samsung's folding phone be as pretty as this concept? Photo: Max Borhof

Will Samsung’s folding phone be as pretty as this concept? Photo: Max Borhof

Samsung will launch its first smartphone with a flexible, folding display in January, according to reports, and thanks to one tipster, we now know which countries will get it first.

The device, codenamed “Project Valley,” is expected to be similar to Samsung’s existing flagships — specifically the S6 edge+ — when it comes to specifications.

“The Project Valley phone will carry model number SM-G929F. The Galaxy S6 edge+ has model number SM-G928, and the very small change in the foldable device’s model number suggests it could have specifications similar to the S6 edge+,” reports SamMobile, citing Samsung “insiders.”

A January launch would likely mean Project Valley is too early to grab Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 820 processor, which is expected to feature inside next spring’s Galaxy S7, so it makes sense that Samsung would use the same specifications from the S6 edge+.

And it’s not like those specifications will be outdated by then; the octa-core Exynos 7420 chip in its latest devices is one of the fastest processors on the market, and coupled with 4GB of RAM, it delivers a great user experience — as we highlighted in our Galaxy Note 5 review.

This does mean, however, that those who invest in Project Valley will have to accept that they won’t have the fastest smartphone available after just a few short months. But a folding display won’t come cheap, so it’s unlikely that Samsung is going to sell too many of these in the first year anyway.

SamMobile adds that Project Valley will initially be available in markets throughout Europe, as well as South Korea. There don’t appear to be any plans for a U.S. launch yet, but of course, that could change before this handset makes its official debut.