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Samsung hints foldable display gear for 2015, brags Galaxy line achievements

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Samsung hints foldable display gear for 2015, brags Galaxy line achievements

Samsung is holding its first analyst-oriented event in 8 years to quell the worries about flagship smartphone saturation - its bread and butter business. Actually, it just threw a pretty big number at analysts and investors - cumulative sales since the inception of the Galaxy S and Note lines have surpassed the 100th million handset this year. This includes the first Galaxy S, then the S II, the Note, S III, Note II, and the current Galaxy S4 and Note 3, of course. 

Certainly an impressive achievement, though the overall numbers are less than what Samsung was forecasting around this time last year. Global smartphone penetration is after all just 21 %, so Samsung expects the maturing flagship market to be offset with the exploding low- and mid-range ones, and is positioning accordingly, with attention paid to tablets as well. Samsung's boss JK Shin also reminded analysts that flagship demand will get a boost from the switch to LTE networks as well, and people will be changing their handsets more often to take advantage of the faster download speeds. "By 2017," he mentioned, "half of all handset demand will be for LTE-equipped ones".

Samsung also hinted what's in the pipeline going forward, with a specific takeaway about its YOUM brand of flexible displays with plastic substrate. Surprisingly, the company divides its YOUM panels in "curved", "bended" and... wait for it... "foldable" ones. 

Yep, as you see in the timeline it presented to investors above, the Galaxy Round is somewhat of a trailblazer for the "curved" concept here, but Samsung is planning to also introduce phones with "bended" screens next year, while "foldable" display gear is scheduled to arrive in 2015. There's one little hurdle between the bendable and foldable sections, though, that Samsung has marked as "Technology barriers" on the timeline, but we cross fingers those get overcome in a year or two, and we receive something akin to Samsung's concept video below.


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posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:56 20

1. Arslan25 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


Samsung always at the top with new ideas and innovations (Y)

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:31 1

5. Daftama (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Bring that folding tablet/phone in 2012 ces commercial

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:45

22. mturby (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


u can NOT be at the top for something u have not created yet. they are scared of lg and its flexible display. what they are doing here is that they are letting everybody know that they ''WILL BE THE FIRST'' creating a flexible display on a smartphone, wich is tottaly stupid. in other words: pathetic.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:54 1

26. mturby (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


LG will kick their butt

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:52 1

30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6677; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And is is the perfect time to buy their flexible phones. I don't have to rush out and buy the GS III IV or NOTE III. I'm waiting for their flexible phones

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:00 1

2. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Foldable??? Sony P Tablet
While the flexible phone is fail

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:05 2

3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Yep, still remember that tablet. A good idea but executed poorly.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:12 2

13. pwnarena (Posts: 958; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


tablet p was also a fail. we need a foldable display that has no gap between the folded parts.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:03 3

18. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


two separate screen vs one screen is a huge difference

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:27 5

4. haruken (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Samsung reached the 100 million mark a while ago tho.

phonearena.com/news/Samsung-sells-100-million-Sams​ung-Galaxy-S-series-phones_id38662

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 05:39

9. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1260; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Apparently that estimate was incorrect, since Samsung has been making a big deal about it this week. That means you should take most of their "sales" figures with a grain of salt.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:31 1

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Incorrect. They didn't start throwing that number around this week. The reference in the article even links to the article from January when they reached 100 million. Considering they have sold over 40 million S4s since then & many million more , S2s, S3s, Note 2s, & Note 3s, I'm willing to bet they'll be hitting the 200 million mark very soon if they haven't already.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:44 1

6. ngyixian96 (Posts: 89; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


what they can do is stop dreaming or start breaking the physic ~

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:49

23. mturby (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


+1000

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 04:55 6

7. BigBoss10 (Posts: 232; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


SAMSUNG DISPLAY FOLDABLE ~ IPHONE DISPLAY CAN'T IT CRACKED INTO PIECES LOL :D

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:04

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 12363; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's a pretty stupid comment, considering any phone drop from the right height will crack. Boy you're really chasing those green thumbs this morning huh? Since no ones given you one yet, I'll help you out. +1 buddy

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 04:56 8

8. BigBoss10 (Posts: 232; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


FOR ME IPHONE BEEN ALWAYS A PIECE OF S H I T

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:02

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 12363; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Then you should definitely never own one. See how simple that is?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:13

14. pwnarena (Posts: 958; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


leave him alone. he needs to do his daily quota sh*t to get paid.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:18

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12363; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol I know huh.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:50 1

24. mturby (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


iphone is a great competitor against android, of course, android is better

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 13:15

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6677; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Not to mention same design.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 05:48 4

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


What about batteries? This is THE most important component that needs an update

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:21

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12363; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Seems like battery advancement is only to make it bigger. At some point size will max out, and making the cells last longer will be a priority. But since the trend is bigger phones, they just slap in a bigger battery. +1

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:15

19. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


You make it sound as if tech hasn't been advancing in battery efficiency. Based on the article battery form factor will change more so than size

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:00 1

27. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Yeah, but phones are consuming more and more energy every year and the bigger batteries are just keeping them alive for 1 or 2 days, i´m talking about a battery that last 1 week, that is what people want, not curved or bendable phones

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:13 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 12363; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That was my point bro +1

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:22

33. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I figured it out after posting my reply... :)

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:30

17. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Solar powered phones? (^_^))

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:02

28. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Most of time that i´m on street, my phone keeps in my pocket, I don´t see it solar recharging in that situation.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:15

29. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Haha yeah, I suppose. Just throwing out ideas...its interesting what they gonna do for the battery. We have curved batteries now, so folding batteries on a transparent screen....hmmmm.

Maybe its gonna be powered by body heat lol.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:26 1

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The S3 & S4 have sold over 100 million together. Total cumulative sales of the S & Note series together at this point is probably around 200 million.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:52

25. mturby (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


yeah, and they wasted all the profits advertising the s3, s4 and note. wich brings their entire sales to 1%. Unlike iphone...ps..im android fan

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:03 1

31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Your statement makes little sense. Try again.

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