Foldable Samsung phone coming next year?

Foldable Samsung phone coming next year?
Stop us if you've heard this before. Samsung will be supposedly launching a foldable smartphone next year. Last year, a Samsung executive said that a folding handset would be available in 2016, but that apparently has been pushed back to 2017. According to the latest buzz, the device will feature a 7-inch OLED screen that can start as a tablet, and fold to become a 5-inch smartphone screen.

The foldable smartphone opens like one might open a wallet. Sources inside the industry say that Samsung has been working on the device for three-years as a way to kick start a slowing smartphone industry. As we told you yesterday, 2016 is expected to show the slowest annual growth in the history of smartphone sales.

This past January, Samsung Display director Director Lee Chang-hoon said that the "Development of Foldable OLED is taking place according to our plan. We are planning on mass-production and release of this product by discussing with our partners." An industry source chimed in by saying that while the foldable phone isn't quite ready for mass production because of Sammy's prior commitments to other devices, the manufacturer has come a long way toward getting a foldable smartphone to market.

This concept device shows how a Samsung foldable phone might look

This concept device shows how a Samsung foldable phone might look


source: ETNews via AndroidAuthority

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66 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Hopefully it sells. Reported that S7 sales are lackluster, despite it being a great device.

3. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Link to your claims?

27. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Is he writing an academic paper?

62. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 905; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

If you look deep in his ass you will find them there.

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I think it's quite the opposite. It's selling great despite being an okay phone. Samsung just recycled last year's phone with a few improvements. There is zero new tech in the S7, except the dual pixel autofocus(which IMO is a gimmick). Seems very un-Samsung'y since they usually have good hardware.

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Dual Pixel aint a gimmick. Auto Focussing speed is noticeably fast. It matters to me. Especially while shooting video.

11. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It shoots quite s**tty video. Dual pixel won't help much for a crap video. And autofocus is already crazy fast on existing phones. They focused(pun intended) on an area that didn't need improvement, instead of focusing on camera quality.

14. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Video isn't s**ty at all. Name a better camera

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

http://www.gsmarena.com/guess_the_smartphone_that_trumps_the_samsung_galaxy_s7_in_4k_video_quality-blog-17556.php Ouch. Not to mention that S7's video looks miserably poor against an Acer phone. That's what happens when you focus on useless features, instead of important ones.

20. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Ok. Details aren't everything to consider when judging a camera.

53. Nathillien unregistered

That's early April fools joke

55. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It's not. Check the review.

70. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

If you're more concerned about 4k videos capabilities, you can rather skip S7

28. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Dual pixel also helps it focus much faster in lowlight, there isn't a dramatic difference in daylight though.

7. Rydsmith unregistered

Yup... - Newer Processor - MicroSD - Waterproofing without the need for flaps - Dual pixel autofocus - New design with curved back - Larger yet more compact phone with the S7 Edge None, nothing new here guys...

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

- Newer processor -> No new tech in it. No process node improvements. - microSD -> has been around for years. Not new tech. - waterproofing without flaps - even S5 mini had that. Not a new tech - dual pixel -> read my comment. I mentioned that. - new design -> a) it's not a new design, recycled from note 5, and b) new design is not new tech. - larger yet more compact phone. Same with S6 edge or s6 edge plus. No new tech here. Learn the difference between new technology and iterative improvements. A new tech is something like 3D touch, or a faster NAND, or a smaller process node, or a big sensor, or a new type of fingerprint scanner. Instead of bringing anything new, S7 is just amalgamation of existing tech. So much for R&D.

15. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I would take waterproofing, a huge battery and a GREAT lowlight camera over force touch any day of the week. Go read all the reviews and they seem to say the same thing. 'This will be a boring review as there isn't anything to fault in the s7' it is nearly a perfect device. Processor - lightning fast. Battery - massive. Design - beautiful. Storage - 32gb + 200gb microsd. Screen - hi res + 2nits - 850 nits with adaptive display. Camera - fantastic quality with class leading low light. WATERPROOF. Add in the MST samsung pay along with an always on display, wifi extending and a stripped back touchwiz and I'm failing to see how you think this shouldn't sell well.

16. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Meh, i don't care about all that. It's still old tech. Nothing new, nothing groundbreaking. And it's still slower than 6 month old 6s. Camera is garbage(even nexus 5X retailing for half the price destroys it in low light, go figure) and screen is the same as S6, just dimmer. That 850 nit is only reached with 1% APL. With practical content, S6 will be brighter than S7. Yes, it's the best device you can buy right now. And there is nothing really wrong with the phone. But it's nothing special, all the things we have seen from Samsung. They just put all their old tech in one phone and recycled those parts. All other phones being shit doesn't justify S7 being boring. Not to mention the cry S7 users will do when they don't get android N before April next year. Software is where it falls apart. And hardware being old makes S7 a purchase I would seriously avoid.

21. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Thats like saying Meh the iPhone 6s is slower than a decade old Nokia 3310. I think that the Exynos is on par with the iPhone 6s or maybe faster. S7 isn't boring, Samsung basically fixed everything that was wrong on the S6. Bigger battery alone is worth the upgrade, What about the tweaked design of the Edge? Its Much more comfortable to hold now. Ok, the designed is the Same as the Note 5 but the Camera hump is flush now. People BITCHED about these things on the S6, Why complain again? They fixed it. I agree on the software side but if you care about it Why not go and buy a Nexus? As for me I prefer TW features and the only thing Samsung has to figure out is to release it everywhere, when the software is ready. S7 is a purchase that I wouldn't avoid(thats me but you may differ). Which hardware is Old?

33. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Exynos is still slower than iphone 6s. No matter how much the processor improves, it can never be as fast as the 6s. Why? because 6s uses a storage twice as fast. With lollipop, android moved to ahead-of-time compilation. Which means you execute the executable directly. What it means is that CPU matters very less for launching an app. What matters is the storage. And with a year-old slow storage on the S7, it can never be as fast as 6S. A system is as fast as the slowest component. What more? Samsung showed that they cheaped out by launching this: https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-introduces-industrys-first-256-gigabyte-universal-flash-storage-for-high-end-mobile-devices Now, this storage is 4 times as fast as the storage in S7, and twice as fast as the one in 6S. They had the technology, but didn't implement. Same with BRITECELL camera, which didn't make the cut. Samsung pulled off all the stops with the S6. First phone with UFS storage, first phone with 14 nm process, LPDDR4 RAM, and so on.. They didn't hold back. Now I just think they are cheaping out.

34. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Are you using an iphone ?

35. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Using an S6. Why do you ask?

41. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Agreed on the storage part. But I disagree on the Processor. Exynos is still faster than A9 in Multi-Core. Single Core is very very close. But Android Apps use all cores. So it matters. http://www.androidauthority.com/fact-or-fiction-android-apps-only-use-one-cpu-core-610352/ S7 Edge costs more than an iPhone 6s to manufacture. So it makes sense. Apple cheaped out on Display,Cameras, Battery, RAM etc. What about those? I wish that Samsung would use faster storage but as a Company they should start making profit right? Look from their perspective and you'll know. Every company cheaps out on some areas. OnePlus didn't include NFC, Nor did they include fast storage among many others. Same with all the other OEMs.

44. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Exynos 8890 is no doubt more powerful than A9. But S7 will be slower than the 6S. That's what I'm saying. CPU is not the bottleneck of most of the tasks, storage most certainly is. The first statement is a typo. I meant exynos s7, not the exynos processor.

25. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Im not too impressed with s7, the exynos is not as efficient as what i expect and an increase in weight and the thinnes is a let down for me (except the s7edge). But honestly even if it doesnt as groudbreaking as s6 Its still got the best hardware out there not that other inovating as much as samsung.

26. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

You expect samsung to lead in every way and youre the one who are most dissapointed. Even though its stil the best phone.

36. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I expected them to give their best. They didn't. They have BRITECELL camera and 256GB super-fast phone storage and none of them is in S7. Heck, they didn't even put a storage as fast as the 6S.

56. gtm55

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 11, 2015

Sir, you seem to be very sad, get an iphone, it is cutting edge tech only for you and it will make you very very happy again. :)

57. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Thanks for the advice. I totally didn't think that way. You are a visionary, sir. But seriously, iPhone 6s is the only phone with an SSD inside and 3D touch. It's also the fastest phone by far. Not to mention the higher app quality and Ormiston of IOS. Android is junk in comparison. Poor optimization, poor gaming experience, sound latency is too high and so on.

37. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

LoL 3D touch hahaha so that's the meaning of great and new technology for you? You must be kiddin right?

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