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Samsung phones with bendable screens could arrive next year

By Jos
Jun 7, 2016
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  1. Samsung isn’t afraid to use its display expertise to try new smartphone form factors. Aside from its successful Edge line in recent years, the company has been experimenting with rollable and foldable screens, and according to a Bloomberg report the Korean company is almost ready to bring the technology into a commercial product.

    Sources familiar with the matter claim Samsung is considering introducing two new smartphone models with bendable OLED screens. The report is very light on details but presumably one of the phones will feature a folding clamshell design described as being like a cosmetic compact, and the other will have a 5-inch screen that unfurls into an 8-inch tablet.

    Codenamed “Project Valley”, the devices could be unveiled as soon as February next year for Mobile World Congress. They won’t arrive under the Galaxy S moniker, Bloomberg says, likely because the company wants to gauge the market’s interest in phones with foldable screens before bringing them to its flagship lineup.

    It remains to be seen of there’s really a market for bendable phones or if Samsung can come up with a user interface that makes sense for such a device.

    On a related note, the Bloomberg report also mentions Samsung may name the next version of its Note device as the “Note 7” (and possibly Note 7 Edge as well), skipping a number to bring it in line with its flagship Galaxy S smartphone range.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Could it be that the new V3 from Motorola comes with something like this??? That would be freaking awesome...
     
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    It could be a game changer. If so I'll wait until it's at least in it's 4th generation.
     
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Said every tech enthusiast ever...
     
  5. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +48

    So I'm guessing they have come up with a flexible digitizer to go along with a flexible screen. I would love a smartphone that unfolds into a tablet, or a tablet that folds into a smartphone. However you want to look at it, but if its not a touchscreen its all for naught.

    I'm also looking forward to this not just for the flexibility, but it will be less prone to cracking. Much more durable.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    You've got to have bottomless pockets or be a little loony to buy into some unproven, brand new tech. Fortunately for the 'sensible consumer', those types do exist.
     
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    When it hits the market, it has already been proven again and again. Since we are just talking about a folding screen, if the quality checks says it's enough to ship, awesome. Unless you are talking about loosing pixel count or a harder touch, or in all fairness not what you are used to do on a "normal' phone experience this would not classify as "brand new tech", just a screen that you can cut in half.
     
  8. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 707   +168

    Same story, different year. When they actually deliver I'll believe it.
     
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