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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

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