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Samsung to release smartphones with flexible displays that fold in half by end of 2015

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Samsung to release smartphones with flexible displays that fold in half by end of 2015

According to the IDC, Samsung's market share dropped sharply in Q2 2014 to 24.9%, down from 32.2% in Q2 2013. Most analysts agree that this mostly has to do with the success of Chinese manufacturers, who, until recently, weren't really that much of a factor in the global rankings.

To counter, Samsung has already made it clear that it'll be adopting a two-pronged approach. It'll start by moving things around with its low- and mid-range line-ups by positioning them at even lower price points whilst, at the same, reducing the ridiculous number of different models available (up to 30% less), and work on keeping its premium handsets unique by incorporating tech that is either hard or impossible for competitors to mimic. If you've been keeping tabs on Samsung the last few months, you'll know that advanced display solutions are something the company has been working hard on – we've seen it first with the Galaxy Round, and now, with the Galaxy Note Edge. The next step, however, is to produce smartphones with displays that fold in half.

You read that right – according to Lee Chang-hoon, the VP of Samsung Display's business strategic team, who spoke at the Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York, the company "will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000" foldable displays per month by the end of 2015. Chang-hoon says that the current plan is to bring a consumer-ready device with a foldable screen by next Christmas, and continue ramping up the company's production capabilities well into 2016. 

Lee also says that Samsung Display is working on lowering production costs associated with the manufacturing of AMOLED displays in order to better compete with LCD solutions which are comparatively cheaper. Apparently, the hope is for the company to reach a 50:50 ratio – or half of the panels that come off the conveyor belt should go to outside accounts.

We'll have to wait and see if Samsung's plans will work out and if the behemoth company will be able to pull out of the quicksand.

source: ZDNet, IDC

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posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:23 9

1. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1159; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


So I guess we shall finally see the return of the flip phone?

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:26 16

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


May be a tablet that can be folded into a smartphone???? Sounds cool...

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:28 5

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


However innovative the tech is implication should be neat and useful. Hope Sammy pull this off even more sooner...

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:44 6

8. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Note 5/Note 5 edge/Note 5 Fold

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 06:35

14. smarttechbadworld (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 May 2014)


no the note 5 itself will fold in half this time if not the note 6 surely will.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 21:24 1

26. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This would a great slogan "bend without breaking"

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 08:35

16. joe1blue (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


If samsung did that then some iphone people would say its gimmicky.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 10:08 3

20. jaxson983 (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


and then copy it in 3 years

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:23 6

2. AndroidLollipop (unregistered)


# Foldgate :)

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:28 1

6. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


LOL LOL

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:24 2

3. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Please showcase the panels at MWC or CES, Samsung.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 02:25 6

4. xuerantiger (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


if samsung can really pull this off, i'm sold

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 03:24 6

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Bring it on Sammy...

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 03:28 2

10. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Yes. Maybe finally, the bigger, the better, trend will be over.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 04:15 2

11. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


10 inch screen tablet that can fold into a 5 inch screen sized handset would be bloody brilliant. The major hurdle here is that they need to make it so the folded area isn't obvious or lesser quality than the rest of the screen. If you see an obvious visual or colour loss where it folds it's not going to work. It needs to look completely uniform when flattened out.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 09:06 1

17. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


i think, this why they introduced note 4 edge, where, if you fold the device, it will look like note 4 edge.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 04:16 5

12. kurama. (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


Samsung is up to something crazy again like last time with the note concept. While apple meh. Won't upgrade it's camera from 8 and is trying to deceive people with the dual camera bs.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 04:37

13. mawhob2222 (Posts: 219; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Sony has the display from 2007....

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 19:28

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


You mean the Tablet P? That doesn't count. That was just a giant flip phone where when you flatten it out it became two screens. This is supposed to flatten out to be one big screen. There is a huge difference.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 08:21 5

15. ACTxOFxGOD (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2014)


iPhone 6+ already does this, just put in pocket and sit...

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 09:21 1

18. treasure (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


you made me so laugh, brilliant comment =))

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 09:53

19. shoutouttoallthepears (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Nov 2014)


nope lol

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 11:10

21. LeBoeuf (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Nov 2014)


NO...forget that...I want the "Red Planet" pull out screen.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 11:28

22. xtroid2k (Posts: 517; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Honestly I think this is going to bring us closer to a truely ubiquitus computing experience. I always have thought that one day we will have one computing device which will be a phone, tablet and home computer. What I mean is having one solution that you can use in three different ways. A smartphone which opens into a tablet and then a docking station which makes it a full desktop.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 12:28 1

23. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Finally a phone that is supposed to bend!

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 17:50

24. gunnor (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


Have the phone screen bend in two and when it's folded the outer screen is dual sided. I'd be sold if the had a physical keyboard.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 06:54

27. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Sounds intriguing, but I don't see much appeal for the phone business. Maybe for large wall screens that you can fold around...

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