First foldable Samsung phone could come by the end of 2016


Analysts from HSBC predict that Samsung will be able to release its first device with a fold-out screen, a kind of a phone that would transform into a tablet once unfolded, later this year.

While the prediction itself does not seem to be based on inside sources this time, the roll-out of such type of futuristic phone-into-tablet devices by Samsung has been a goal that the company has clearly considered. A few years ago, leaked inside presentation slides showed that Samsung was planning to roll-out the first phones with foldable displays by 2018, we've recently heard 2017, and this latest report claims that the company might be able to rush things for a late 2016 release.


It does not take a marketing genius to figure out that a phone with foldable display would be a geek's dream coming to life and - if done well - will sell like hotcakes. Not just that, such a phone could allure buyers that are traditionally looking at tablets. 

It will also be a completely unique proposition on a market filled with me-too devices.


Now, let us add one more consideration: the Samsung Galaxy S7. The next Samsung flagship is due to arrive in around a month or two, and this time it's expected to be available in a larger-screen flavor as well. That large-screen S7 (or whatever Samsung calls it), would take a lot of the flair of a future Galaxy Note 6, so a new, foldable category of devices launching in the phone actually sounds like great timing for Samsung. Here's to hoping.


source: HSBC via Business Insider

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61 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

GIMMICK!

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yep , we need to stick with brick-like design. f**k these futuristic inovations.

34. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Only benefit I can see is if we have 2 batteries on each side for a longer life. Nothing else.

38. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Or possibly a smaller device.... Or something with 5.5 in dimensions that folds out into a small tab. Alot of benefit here as long as the keep the screen res in check and not 4k or something

42. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Oh kinda like a Nintendo 3Ds..how its fat and ugly when folded and when you unfold it, its still fat and ugly?

43. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Just like Force touch introducing a 3rd way to interact with your devices not just the standard 2 ways.

55. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Thank God people like you doesn't produce tech. Then we would still be throwing rocks at each other.....

59. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're not very good with sarcasm, are you? Go ahead & wipe that egg of your face.

7. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

More like a bright future for a new class of product that will undoubtly become popular, reminiscent of the prime of the clamshell days. Not just for portability reasons of larger displays, but also for screen protection reasons, without the need for a cover.

17. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You enjoy the world of apple, while we will stick with the future today.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why is it a gimmick. So we shouldn't try to progress to something different? You know, if someone didn't design a foldable computer (laptop) then we would still only be using big ugly desktops or mainframes. If I can have a 5" phone in my pocket that is reasonably thin, that I could unfold and it be roughly 10:, I wouldn't find that to be gimmicky. Let's see what it is first, let's see if its useful and if it is; then it wont be a gimmick. I am surprised to see this coming from you. I'm disappointed.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I just figured I'd call gimmick before all the Apple fans.

44. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Why is Force Touch a gimmick for example..it adds functionality, where in most mobile phones you the use can only give your phone two type of input (a light touch and a long touch), force touch means you can now have a light touch, a long touch and a hard touch, giving programs more options and enabling the user to communicate to their devices in more than just two ways. Oh and a foldable computer is a horrible idea.. imagine a Nintendo 3DS.. but made by samsung or apple.. it would still be s**t,

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I reemmber all the stupid things said about the Samsung Galaxy Note. I'm talking what blog sites said, not what Jobs said. We all saw how that turned out. I saw what Ballmer said about the iPhone and we all know how that turned out. We all know what Bill gates predicted in 2000 about single form-factor devices, and we all see how that turned out. Someone always needs to be the first to take that leap of faith. If they didn't we'd still be using outdated old technology and paying lots of money for no advances. I thought you were open minded.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I also recalled when Samsung first showed prototypes of a phone with an edge, it was said to be gimmicky too. Then they released the Note 4 Edge in limited quanities to see what demad would be like. They sold the vast majority of them which si why they made the S6 Edge which the CEO took a misstep as they didn't know how popular it was goign to be. Displte its huge asking price many bought them. I bought 2 for myself. The S6 Edge and Edge+. One of my family members also had the S6 Edge+ as well. Then they brought a similar design to the Note 5. There are 10 members of my family alone who have one. So we see how that turn out too. Even though it has no removable battery or sdcard slot, the Note 5 still outsold the Note 4 and all the combine sales of the S6 outsold all the S5 combined models. I am betting the combined sales of the Note 5 and all the S6 models exceed 80M easily and they are still selling almost a year later for the early released models. Come on man...have some faith in the unseen. After all, don't you believe in wind, gravity, God? lol

46. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

The edge of S6 and other Sammy phones are gimmicky.. i haven't seen mass adoption, or any actual use for it apart from parry tricks.. at this stage it is as useful as Force Touch.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're not in any way gimmicks. They have actual functionality.

56. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I'm looking forward to see your comments when apple release it. And BTW, sales numbers of S6 and S6 Edge are close to each other. Maybe the edge would have outsold the normal S6 if samsung had the stocks ready for the demand....

29. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I would do call this a gimmick at all. My only concern is the quality of the product that they launch. If it's half baked, it will be DOA. Samsung is known for this when releasing new product.

32. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The first word coming out of iSheep's mouth is "gommick". People like you talk like that because they are stupid enough to follow a corrupted corporation like Apple, who screws you up in all stages of your life by selling you s**ty iToys.

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Can't wait to see this product!

20. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

+1 to buy

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yeah, right. They're coming since... 2010. Don't you worry PA, it'll never happen...

10. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It will happen. Then three years later it'll happen at Apple.

18. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Electronic Communication was the beginning of something truly amazing and back then it was the future... so what do you mean it will never happen. Or are you just trolling as you normaly do..................?

5. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

No one will pay extra for a good-for-nothing features, of course it's exceptional when you offer a branded logo on it's back. So no thanks Sammy :) not branded enough to pay extra for your gimmick.

8. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Didn't they sell millions of the Edge variants of their flagships? Your comment is invalid.

11. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Samsung has been putting a lot of effort and resource to develope something different from the crowd, and all you can do is bashing them for nothing. What happen to this world?

16. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's just waiting until Apple invents it.

39. evilboy

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 28, 2014

they already did(iphone 6 plus)

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