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Samsung could launch its first bendable smartphone next year

By Shawn Knight
May 13, 2016
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  1. Consumers have been fascinated with the possibility of a foldable smartphone for years. Companies like LG and Samsung have demonstrated time and again that flexible display technology does exist but how exactly to implement them into devices with other non-bendable hardware remains an issue.

    Samsung even went so far as to hold a competition in 2013 with cash prizes for the best ideas on how to bring the tech to market. It’s a move that may have paid dividends as Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch its first foldable smartphone next year.

    A post on Chinese social networking site Weibo (via SamMobile) claims the device – codenamed Project Valley – will hit the market as the Galaxy X with a 4K, foldable display. Samsung reportedly selected a 4K diamond PenTile subpixel arrangement display in order to keep the resolution high when the device is bent.

    The general consensus is that the Galaxy X will be able to fold like a wallet, making it rather easy to carry around in a pocket or purse.

    Flexible smartphones aren’t exactly new as LG unveiled its G Flex handset way back in 2013. A follow-up arrived a couple of years later but even still, those handsets only exhibited a tiny bit of flexibility. The bigger problem, as mentioned above, is figuring out how to make a practical device that’s fully bendable.

    Looking ahead, if Samsung really does deliver the Galaxy X next year, its biggest hurdle will be trying to convince consumers that it isn’t just a neat gimmick. Furthermore, the device will need to demonstrate its durability. Can it be opened and closed dozens of times a day for years on end?

    As always, keep in mind that this is merely a rumor and should be taken with a bit of skepticism.

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  2. The modern flip phone
     
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    This is tailor-made for smartwatches, automobiles, toys, outdoor gear, etc. Don't know why their having trouble coming up with ideas for how to use and implement this tech. Batteries and circuit boards can all be stored in very small internal areas of whatever device you want to slap a display on. When flexible PCBs hit the market in a few years the sky will be the limit.
     
  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 710   +181

    Then they will say...That's not my smartphone....that's a pop-tart
     
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    Didn't Apple already do this? BURN! :D
     

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