IHS: foldable smartphones won't hit the market until early 2017


From the looks of it, the next big thing in the mobile devices market are foldable displays, which represent the next evolutionary step following curved displays such as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Previously, we've heard rumors that Samsung is planning to unveil the world's first foldable smartphone - a device that's known as Project Valley - by the end of the year. As it turns out, however, some analysts don't believe that this timeframe is a realistic one.

Kevin Wang, Research Director for China at reputable market research firm IHS Technology, recently posted a status update on Weibo claiming that, while display makers are making good progress on foldable screens, the first commercial implementations of such panels might not be available for purchase until early next year.

Wang also states that display makers can now make folding screens with a curvature radius of just 3mm, which means that these panels can be almost folded in half without any damage. For comparison, the LG G4's slightly curved display has a vertical curvature radius of 3000mm, the LG G Flex has a vertical curvature radius of 700mm while the display on the Samsung Galaxy Round is curved at a radius of 400mm. The edges of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge are curved at a radius of 7mm. 

Here's a chart that shows how smaller curvature radiuses translate into curvier displays:


It remains to be seen if display makers such as Samsung and LG will be able to beat Wang's expectations and launch foldable smartphones by the end of the year. What do you guys think will happen?

source: Kevin Wang via GforGames

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6 Comments

1. Nallaikumaran

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Thank u for ur weather report.

2. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Bit pointless as a phone if you have to fold it all the way out before you can get to the screen like in those images.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Look at images again, it has another screen to use before folding out.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Exaclty my observation as well.

5. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Open your eyes, it starts as a single screen similar to a phone. TheN unfolds to twice the size like a tablet. Very functional, but nice effort on shooting something down because it isn't apple. I don't know a single person(out of the premium phone consumers) who wouldn't want this if implemented correctly. With the exception to the blind sheep's that refuse to buy anything that doesn't come from the all mighty Apple

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You guys always make the same comments, until you try the Tech.

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