Samsung reportedly preparing foldable phone for January launch

By Scorpus ยท 9 replies
Oct 28, 2015
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  1. Samsung is currently preparing a unique smartphone with a foldable display, and according to the latest reports from SamMobile, this handset will be launched in January next year.

    At this stage the device is only known by its codename 'Project Valley' and a model number (SM-G929F), with reports suggesting it will be similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Samsung has enjoyed experimenting with unique smartphone designs in the past few years, including the S6 Edge+ with its two curved edges, so it wouldn't be surprising to see another experimental phone launched early next year.

    The display is clearly going to be the highlight of the handset, as it's expected to feature an AMOLED panel that can be folded into a V-like shape when closed. Details on what the handset will look like and how it will operate are a little sketchy at this stage, though a recent patent filed by Samsung indicates it could have some sort of clamshell-like hinge that attaches to the display.

    Samsung is allegedly testing two variants of Project Valley: one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 SoC, and another with the flagship Snapdragon 820. Other rumored specs include 3 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a non-removable battery.

    According to SamMobile, Samsung's foldable smartphone will only be launched in a handful of countries, including South Korea, the United Kingdom, and several Eurozone nations. The United States is missing from that list, but as the phone has yet to be announced, that could change.

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 773   +221

    I've heard rumors like this before. I'll believe it once I see it.
    p51d007 likes this.
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +614

    I wouldn't buy one if my life depended on it. 1st gen "revolutionary" display that will take a lot of abuse when folding it hundreds of times a day...I'd be suspect on the durability. Let others be the beta testers & pay the huge price for "advanced" technology.
    Maybe the 2nd or 3rd generation will be more "perfected".
    If they really want to test these to ensure they work and hold up, give a few hundred of them to high school & college kids. If they can't break them, then they might be ok.
    mosu likes this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,218   +421

    I'm excited for my iFruit rollup display....
  5. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 170   +14

    It's not foldable unless it can crease... otherwise it's just flexible.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,408   +3,417

    Yep I thought the same thing then I realized the image was irrelevant. After reading the following quote I then understood it is foldable.
    "The display is clearly going to be the highlight of the handset, as it's expected to feature an AMOLED panel that can be folded into a V-like shape when closed."​
    V-like is a crease.
  7. kanehi

    kanehi TS Rookie Posts: 41   +6

    Looks like the same prototype from a couple of years ago. Guess I'll wait until then. Hopefully Samsung patents it before Apple claim it's their idea!
  8. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 161   +38

    Same here, you shouldn't* buy BRAND new tech until you know if it's really as good as they say it is.

    (Edit: Typo, didn't notice til now, the word was 'should' and it should have been 'shouldn't'.)
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,840   +896

    Hmm; does Bendable equate to Foldable to you?
    Not me. If I buy a wallet, I expect it to fold flat, not just 'flex somewhat'. Boy, those Madison Ave fell's are loosy-goosy with the hiperbally.
  10. JuNGLiSTiC

    JuNGLiSTiC TS Rookie

    * Hyperbole

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