Samsung and LG both racing to out a foldable phone

Samsung and LG both racing to out a foldable phone
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.

A real foldable device is another matter, though, as you can have a largish display in a small pocketable footprint for carrying around. We already learned that Samsung's Project V (for Valley), 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 Korean media reports today that LG has also created foldable display prototypes, and intends to use them in proof-of-concept phones. LG has apparently cracked the bendy code at the beginning of the year, and is mulling commercial applications for such screens. Samsung has had a working prototype of this display for a while now, allowing 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. Long story short, both Samsung and LG seem ready to enter the foldable smartphone race as soon as next year, so we can't wait to see their final designs, and, above all, the pricing of such bendy handsets.



source: BusinessKorea via G4Games

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18 Comments

1. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Apple be like: Lol. You guys, iPhone is still iPhone. (,--)

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

well, i dont want a clamshell phone again tbh... so i could not care less about foldable phones

4. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

The fact that for you "foldable" means clamshell, points out the narrow viewpoint you present. This might be the next grand invention in the land of mobility. Just look at early flexible phone concepts, like the Nokia Morph, you begin to understand, what lies behind flexilbe screens.

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

We respect your opinion, just give credit where it is due.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple will release this in 2020 and will say we are the first.......and ifans will believe it........this shows how smart ifans are!

18. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Are you kidding me, 2020 is way to early.

5. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

In reality, Apple isn't a competitor when it comes to innovation... At all. It's just sells that they excel in.

7. carlemillward unregistered

What you did not realize is the lady is an undercover Apple technician, watch it again.

8. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Funny Apple fanboys can not accept the fact that they are struggling to innovate. On the other hand koreans have taken thunder out of Apple. Really pity these narrow minded iphone babies.

20. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

3D touch is their "innovation"..... I'd rather have a pressure sensitive s pen on the note 5

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I'm pretty sure LG said they aren't rushing to the market with foldable phones, they will just create the screens and sell to other OEMs. Which is smart, then they can name their own device when the market knows if and what it wants.

11. Shocky unregistered

They say that, but competition between two major technology companies has a way of moving things along a lot faster than you would expect.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

LG would make a great screen vendor. All the advancements they made with IPS...I see why not.

9. HASHTAG unregistered

I'll go with the company that comes in second place.

10. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I can see myself buying one of these as a tablet but I got sick of the hassle of clam shell phones 15 years ago.

12. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

The phone/tablet in the concept video is amazing and I'm sure we'll get there at some point. However, with all of that screen real estate, battery technology will have to improve drastically.

13. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Simpsons did it first,Simpsons did it first,Simpsons did it first

17. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

A 5 inch phone that turns into a 10 inch tablet would be absolutely incredible.

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