Sony could be working on a flexible smartphone to rival the Galaxy X

It appears that Japanese manufacturer Sony has entered the race to launch a flexible smartphone – something competitor Samsung is said to have been working on for a while now. 

LG Display – the arm of LG that’s responsible for manufacturing both LCD and OLED screens – has been commissioned to build a number of flexible OLEDs for Sony, according to a new report.

Business Korea notes that the firm could be using the resources to build either a smartphone with a curved screen like the Galaxy S8 or a handset with a foldable panel to rival the rumoured Galaxy X.

Samsung has had a considerable head start in the flexible smartphone race, starting development back in 2016 and reportedly showcasing several prototypes behind closed doors at CES in January.

The upcoming Xperia XZ Pro, which is expected to launch at Mobile World Congress in February, is tipped to be Sony’s first smartphone to ship with an OLED screen – though it should only be a flat panel.

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Recent leaks suggest that the handset will also be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Snapdragon 845 processor, at least 6GB of RAM and a dual rear-facing camera setup (18MP + 12MP).

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