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Samsung's foldable phone tipped to unfurl into a 7" tablet, Q3 release in the cards

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Samsung's foldable phone tipped to unfurl into a 7" tablet, Q3 release in the cards
After working for years on fold-in bendable devices whose flexible screen stays on the inside, Samsung has reportedly switched gears to a fold-out design, as tests found it inconvenient to have to unfurl the prototypes each time you want to check something on the screen. Needless to say, the advantage of fold-out is that the screen stays on the outside, and you can have a glimpse quicker, regardless if the device is bent or not, plus the know-how gathered while developing fold-in has made creating a fold-out gear much easier, so Samsung has reportedly been at it since August.

Today's rumor out of the Korean business media is that Samsung will have such a device ready for commercial launch by Q3, which coincides with previous tips on the eventual release date. The company, however, is still to decide firmly whether to launch it or not, given yield, demand and profitability uncertainties, as well as the political brouhaha it is currently embroiled in, hindering the expected mobile unit restructures. The political scandals are poised to taper off by March, and that's when Samsung is expected to decide on whether to greenlight a commercial launch of its foldable phone.

For the first time, however, we are hearing some more details on what exactly could this bendable device be. Apparently, its screen panel faces outward, and when unfolded, it becomes an 18cm (7") tablet of sorts. This means that you could carry a phone with a pretty regular footprint in your pocket, perhaps slightly thicker than today's anorexic handsets, but when you want to watch a movie, or browse the web, you can unfold the screen, and do it on a larger canvas. Sounds pretty good, so we cross fingers that Samsung decides to launch this thing in the fall.

LG is also rumored to have a similar design for a phone with a flexible OLED display ready, and its technology is said to be even more advanced, as it allegedly has started with the fold-out probes from the very beginning, instead of last August as Samsung is tipped to have commenced. LG, however, is not really planning to keep the solution to itself, but is rumored to collaborate with Apple and Huawei on developing the foldable screen technology for potential future devices of theirs.


source: The Investor

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posted on 11 Jan 2017, 04:59 8

1. ibend (Posts: 5999; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and apple will follow...

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 05:09 7

2. Papa_Ji (Posts: 252; Member since: 27 Jun 2016)


No...
samsung has copied one of the greatest iPhone 6 feature...
Once again APPLE will sue SAMSUNG for coping there iToy 6

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 07:35

5. cbonica (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


When Apple does this it'll be "Almost Magic"!!

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 07:47 1

7. cmdacos (Posts: 228; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Sorry, which feature was that?

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 09:20 1

8. Papa_Ji (Posts: 252; Member since: 27 Jun 2016)


How did you forget.....
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wEF27zrXTEk

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 17:19

10. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)


when apple does it in 2020 they will "invent" the greatest feature ever. finally you can have a phone that unfolds to a tablet. thank you future apple

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 05:19 7

3. peace247 (Posts: 330; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


This is what I call innovation... Keep up the good work Samsung

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 06:34

4. Landon (Posts: 633; Member since: 07 May 2015)


LG and Samsung: we want these devices! The smart phone industry has become mundane and we want to see some true innovation.

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 07:36

6. tokuzumi (Posts: 1074; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Will have low end specs, with a flagship price.

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 15:01

9. dmitrilp_ (Posts: 280; Member since: 12 Sep 2016)


Not interested in this type of device

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