Samsung has been teasing the release of a foldable phone since 2014 but the groundbreaking device may now be just a week away, as rumours abound that it will be unveiled at a conference hosted by the South Korean electronics giant.

Potentially named the Galaxy X or Galaxy F, it is believed the bendy gadget will be demonstrated at the electronics giant's developer conference beginning on 7 November, with a potential release date set for some time in 2019.

Samsung has been working with YouTube and Netflix to figure out ways to deliver content on the folding screen, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

Samsung released a video in 2014 that demonstrated a foldable screen concept (Samsung)

The foldable screen may even have name – the Infinity-V – after a separate leak revealed Samsung had trademarked the name with the Korean intellectual property office.

A spokesperson for Samsung was not immediately available for comment.

The concept of a smartphone featuring a folding design was first floated by Samsung in a video released in 2014, which imagined how personal devices might look in the future. 

Samsung has since filed numerous patents relating to bending or folding organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens, though no official word has been given on the phone's development. 

A report earlier this year suggested Samsung had already built a 7-inch prototype device, code named 'Winner', which would feature a screen that folds in half "like a wallet."

While Samsung will be the first major smartphone maker to launch a folding smartphone if it goes ahead with the unveiling of the Galaxy X next week, the claim the "world's first foldable phone" has already been taken by a Californian startup. 

Earlier this week, Royole corporation unveiled the FlexPai handset, which features a 7.8-inch display capable of folding in half.

Other manufacturers rumoured to be working on similarly-designed devices include Huawei and LG. 

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