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Samsung to launch smartphones with folding screens next year

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Folding Phone Concept

2015 is shaping up to be a key year in the smartphone space, with Samsung confirming it will launch a phone with a screen capable of being folded in half.

Smartphone screens have gone from 720p to QHD in a matter of years, and now Samsung has revealed 2015 will see it launch flexible displays capable of being folded in half.

Set to make the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge look like dated relics of the smartphone space, this futuristic folding screen tech will be offered up on a consumer-available handset by the end of 2015.

Looking to give the company a point of differentiation in the ever crowded smartphone space, Samsung has claimed it will be the only manufacturer capable of producing flexible-screen phones during the coming 12 months.

“We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 [flexible displays each month] by the end of next year,” Lee Chang-hoon, Vice President of Samsung Display, revealed yesterday.

Speaking at the 2014 Samsung Investor Forum in New York, he added: “There will be no company [except Samsung] that has this great production capacity by 2016.”

Although focusing on the technologies more than particular products, Lee did tease a flexible-screen phone would go on sale ahead of the 2015 Christmas period.

We plan to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year. However, nothing has been decided on the finished product,” he said.

Samsung’s promise of a foldable smartphone screen comes just days after LG outlined its future plans for its Plastic-OLED panels.

The other Korean giant revealed it would introduce bending handset in 2015, with foldable devices and even rollable tablets and TVs to follow by 2017.

What would you rather your smartphone was capable of doing, bending, folding or rolling? Let us know via the comments section below.

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Via: ZDNet

Tom Carter

November 19, 2014, 12:51 pm

Folding, with a goal being having a phone that is as small and portable as the iPhone 5 but folds out into a larger tablet style device when required.

My ideal device would be one which has an e-ink type screen on the front of the phone so when it is folded you can still interact with more basic tasks like checking email, texts, tweets etc, and this would allow the phone to work in a low power mode, but if more interaction is needed then it can be opened into the tablet form for a full tablet screen

Jason W

November 19, 2014, 1:12 pm

They should concentrate on producing a battery that lasts more than a day firstly! No good having all these amazing features yet having a phone that needs charging at least once during a day if you dare to use it for anything other than checking a text message!

MattMe

November 19, 2014, 3:14 pm

I've often commented in a similar manner regarding phones running QHD screens and whatever else pointless tech they squeeze in there...
However, I am happy to announce that a couple of times since I had my Z3C I've managed four days between charges, averaging 2-3 days. Not bad for a modern smartphone.
I still feel we should be aiming for a week between charges though!

Jason W

November 19, 2014, 3:25 pm

Thanks Matt. I'm due a renewal soon so I may consider the Z3. I have the Z at the moment and its battery life is a day at best, so anything more than that is a bonus so I can actually utilise all these great features they bring out!!

Prem Desai

November 19, 2014, 10:48 pm

This IS fantastic !!!

I do hope it's for real and the resolution / contrast / motion, etc are top notch.

If so, it'll be a game changer and we'll be back to making phones as small as possible again ....

LeeTronix

November 19, 2014, 11:34 pm

Buy an iPhone their screens bend ^^

Gere István

January 18, 2017, 8:50 am

Hát ennek a papír zsebkendő telefonnak mi értelme? Nem lehetne tank, vagy cipőtalp? Néha az értelem cserbenhagy bennünket, mint ez esetben is.... Lehetne esetleg bevásárlótáska? Az tökjó......

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