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Samsung’s foldable phone tipped for January release with microSD slot, sealed battery

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Samsung foldable OLED display research

Samsung foldable OLED display research


Samsung is literally going to bring its phones into the fold early next year, it seems, as rumors have emerged that its first foldable phone is about to become a reality at that time. Samsung itself said in the spring that it expects to have fully functional foldable devices in 2016, and it might be on its way to deliver precisely that.

Samsung's first phone with flexible display, made with plastic instead of glass substrate, was the Galaxy Round way back in 2013. Since then we saw the technology enter the mainstream in the Galaxy S6 edge and edge+, as well as the Note Edge, predominantly for the cool factor, rather than any tangible benefits from the side-sloping display.

Samsung foldable display patent

Samsung foldable display patent

A real foldable device is another matter, though, as you can have a largish display in a small pocketable footprint for carrying around. From a Weibo account that has leaked quite a few important things already, now comes the tip that the so-called Project V (for Valley) by Samsung is being tested for January release. The foldable smartphone is allegedly being run through its paces with both Snapdragon 620 and 820 configurations, 3 GB of RAM, microSD card slot, and, naturally, a non-removable battery. 

How exactly will Samsung's foldable Project V smartphone look like, remains to be seen, but the company research you see above, allows for thousands of closings and openings without deterioration of the folding area. It's using a metal mesh touch layer in the display itself, and not an indium tin oxide (ITO) film, which deteriorates when bent, especially at the curved area. 

Back at the CES expo in 2013, Samsung was rumored to have shown a 5.68" foldable prototype to select audience, though it wasn't clear if that's in a folded or open state. Coincidentally, there are speculations about two versions of the Galaxy S7 - a 5.2" and 5.7" one - which sounds rather strange, and our money would only be on the smaller screen size. That rumored 5.7-incher? Well, it just might be Samsung's first foldable display phone, and we can't wait to see if this rumor holds water come CES in January. In the meantime, marvel at Samsung's concept video below, and dream of the day we will carry folded tablets in our pocket.


source: Weibo via G4Games

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posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:15 52

1. manojmcn (Posts: 400; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


2016 Jan - MWC Samsung launch foldable display smartphone;
: Meh, gimmick
2017 Sept: Apple launch foldable iphone
: Wow..innovation

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:18 46

2. hateftotti (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 May 2011)


They will catch up in 2019 not 2017 ;)

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:21 6

16. rishav20193 (Posts: 194; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


well, i don't think Apple will launch that phone at all. :P

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:26 17

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


We know they won't. It's a joke. They especially aren't going to make it, if it require licensing any patents from Samsung.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 10:00 1

26. rishav20193 (Posts: 194; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


u just nailed it bro :D :D

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 15:29

31. jpd514 (Posts: 57; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Apple would not be able to release any phone if they weren't having licensed hundreds of patents from Samsung.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 16:47

33. Ahovking (Posts: 679; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


There are more than one way to make a foldable display (Have a look at current Touch Screen display).

There will be no licensing any patents from Samsung.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 05:11

40. Ordinary (Posts: 2177; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


http://www.cnet.com/news/google-samsung-strike-patent-cross-licensing-deal/

There will.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:20 28

4. gersont1000 (Posts: 291; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


There is no way Apple would release that so fast after Samsung. It would take at least 3 years for them to follow with their "innovation".

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:26 16

6. warrenellis (Posts: 97; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


yeah, they havent even released their innovative curved screen yet

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:28 6

7. bucky (Posts: 2460; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


lol Apple is doing it right. You guys spend more time talking about Apple than Samsung even in a Samsung article about folding screens!!

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:27 16

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Just liek you guys talk more about Samsung in Apple articles. So look who is calling the kettle black.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:46 10

24. Topcat488 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Ummm, bucky... These comments are talking DOWN Apple, not talking about Apple... There's a difference in THAT!

Samsung innovation is OUTSTANDING compared to Apple. O.o

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:19 2

3. Pattyface (Posts: 1519; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I'm very excited to see what this phone would look like and how it would work

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:08 4

15. Hallyu (Posts: 317; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


That's right. This year, Samsung brings dual curve screen smartphones to the market, a breakthrough innovation that no one can imagine. Next year is going to be another game changer for Samsung while some company might have to sell its mobile division. LoL

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:32 2

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Hopefully the first isn't a Galaxy device. Let it be a mid-ranged spec'd device with simple capabilities to see how the consumers will feel about it. If it ends up catching on, then Lets have a Galaxy Tab S or Note Pro that is fold-able. A fold-able phone to me just doesnt seem to be catchy as it would be quite thick in the pocket.

But now that Samsung has made a folding OLED display, devices liek the Microsoft Courier could finally become a reality and could easily go into mass production and drive the costs down quick.

The fold-able tech could be used in so many Enterprise application, hospital, airlines and so many more industries.

If done right, this could be a killer application of technology.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:54 4

25. Topcat488 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I'd agree with 95% of your post, except for the fold-able phone NOT being catchy...

Can you not imagine having that fold-able phone and NOT needing a "case" or "screen protector". Here's my money Sammy. O.o

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:21 5

5. gersont1000 (Posts: 291; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I just about drooled at the thought of a 5" phone that folds out into a tablet screen.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:31 2

8. Amiafanboy (Posts: 62; Member since: 27 May 2015)


This is truly pathbreaking ! Wow. Hope to have it in my hands in about an years time !!

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:32 2

9. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Very Excited but waiting for the 2nd Gen would be a smarter move unless you wish to be an early adopter

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:39 1

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well someone has to adopt it early to give feedback on what is good or bad.

I can see such usage as:

Enterprise - A full 50"+ digital display signage that could be rolled to various sizes to fit a sign, or used for meetings or similar.

A traveler can roll out a screen on a plane and attach their laptop or mobile device.

A businessman/woman could carry a full sized 20" display in their pocket to have a presentation like showing off a sample of a house, or to show floorplans and similar.

For a smartphone. How about a small keyboard that has a 5-7" display that you could simply pull out and then start using or no keyboard and be a full touch screen device that is less than a 1/4" thick.

I mean the applications of uses are near endless.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:32

10. ShangTsung (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


5.7 inch seems pretty small for a foldable smartphone.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:36 8

11. gersont1000 (Posts: 291; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I'm guessing that's the closed size. But either way, it would be great to have a small phone the size of the old flip phones, and then fold out into a Note5 size.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:40 1

12. gaming64 (unregistered)


I'm not interested
P.S. Incoming "why did you click the article then" comments incoming. FYI, this is my opinion.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:44 15

14. magnanimus (Posts: 527; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


why did you click the article then

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 08:41 7

13. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Unbelievable Samsung. It's amazing how much further Samsung and only a couple of others (chinese)are actually pushing the innovation into the future. Truly thinking outside the box.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:23 3

17. brasstax (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Wow.. This should instantly make all tablets up to 12 inches obsolete..!!

Just imagine, a smartphone with a 6 inch folded diagonal, should be about 158mm to 160mm tall. Take it out and unfold it and you have a freaking 12 inch screen..!!

Damn.. I just created a puddle on the floor with my drooling. Gotcha get the mop and wipe it off..

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:25 2

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The true innovator. How do you know an innovator when you see one? They actually make or invent stuff.

if you just buy others people stuff and then tweak it, that's not innovation; that's eveolution no matter who does it.

No other phones on the planet have come with the cool innovative ideas that Samsung has had. Even though many of those ideas maybe didnt work as well yet, they own the patent and can improve them once hardware catches up.

I think Samsung fell on the same issues Microsoft. They both released very good ideas that were simply to early for the existing technology and thus they didnt catch on or failed. Once technology catches up, those things will be better.

Looking forward for the concepts of "smart pause", "smart scroll" and those other ideas to really pan out. Concepts like "smart stay" is a very nice common sense idea.

With $200BN, this is the type of company Apple should be and isnt. Microsoft, Samsung, Intel and many others are the real innovators of the 20th century.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 09:44 4

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I'm calling it now:

Galaxy Fold
Galaxy S Fold
Galaxy Note Fold
Galaxy Tab S Fold
Galaxy Note Pro Fold
Galaxy Smart Fold

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 10:04 3

27. DRS1977 (Posts: 419; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Don't worry Apple losers, you will get a copied version in the new future.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 10:25

28. Michael.Parker (Posts: 273; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


My biggest worry is durability because I just have a feeling this will be incredibly fragile needing feather tipped fingers to use it.
But if it's strong enough to survive normal use I'll definitely have it.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 10:28

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


I don't think it will be that close. 2016 is too early. If they release one in 2016 it will have a noticeable crease or quality deterioration where it folds. And it will be a mid range test model like the Galaxy Round, gflex, and the Galaxy beam. Won't be as crazy as those promo videos for awhile.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 19:36

36. kajam (Posts: 189; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


they have been working on these for a long time watch this video

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 19:42

37. kajam (Posts: 189; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBYc20bB6LI

there are a roller screens also may be coming later

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 12:28 2

30. ameran (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Apple always waits 3 years to implement new technologies into their toys. The reason is very simple:
-No licensing fees after 3 years
-Learns from mistakes of early adopters
-Uses a new name to call it their as revolutionary features

As long as Apple follows this recipe, iSheeps will keep buying those toys.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 15:56

32. TezzaBP (Posts: 273; Member since: 18 May 2015)


A phone... that becomes a tablet... GLAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 16:59

34. Xperia14 (Posts: 332; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Well, this can be very useful! Bring it on Samsung.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 19:32

35. kajam (Posts: 189; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Well? Samsung is going to drive me crazy right now i can't decide between the edge+ and note 5 next year will be note 6 edge+2 and a foldable

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 21:37

38. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


on of my favorite commercials from sammy,but the foldable phone will not come till 2017-18 processors like SD 820 or above needed.

posted on 16 Sep 2015, 08:40

41. gersont1000 (Posts: 291; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


The processor has nothing to do with the display type (flexible or non-flexible).

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 22:59

39. Supersonic (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Wow! great that is samsung, the real innovator.

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