The smartphone of the (relatively near) future will be flexible and feature foldable displays if Samsung gets its way. According to South Korean news outlet ET News, the tech magnate is supposedly working on two different types of foldable smartphone. The report notes that a dual-screen version is slated to be released in early 2017. Guess Samsung is finally nearing an actual product release this time ’round?
Earlier this year, business publication Bloomberg also floated the possibility of foldable phones from Samsung at next year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona. Other rumors point to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a possible venue for Samsung’s new product.
It’s important to note that Samsung’s first foldable device will supposedly be hinged and not fully bendable. That means that it will be composed of two side-by-side panels, with a hinge in between. Based on ET News’s recent report, Samsung intends to gauge consumer interest first, before moving on to fully bendable, flexible devices.
Again, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard these foldable device shenanigans from Samsung. Three years ago, at CES 2013, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Youm, a flexible OLED display technology.
Perhaps now, more than ever, after the Note 7 disaster, Samsung really needs a game-changer to bring back lost consumer confidence in their technology. With 2017 right around the corner, we’ll find out soon enough.