Samsung chief says foldable smartphones are not ready to hit the market

Samsung chief says foldable smartphones are not ready to hit the market
In case you're impatiently waiting for that rumored Samsung Galaxy X, which was supposed to be released in 2017 sporting a foldable 4K display, we have bad news.

According to The Korea Times, Koh Dong-jin (President of Samsung Mobile) recently suggested that making consumer-ready foldable phones is not exactly possible "considering the current status of technology." Nevertheless, Samsung is definitely planning to launch foldable handsets, as these should create "a great ripple effect" in the phone industry. But Koh said that "serious changes in software and user experience" are needed for this type of innovative smartphone, and it "will certainly take time" before these changes can be properly implemented.

While talking about the recently announced Galaxy Note 7, Koh Dong-jin also mentioned that Samsung will work to keep large screen smartphones "in the mainstream." We don't think there's much work to be done here, as many customers already want smartphones with large (and even extra-large) displays, and we doubt this will change anytime soon.

Back to foldable technology, last month, we heard that LG might also be preparing a foldable smartphone for next year. However, given Samsung chief's latest declarations, we're inclined to believe that we won't see any foldable handsets in 2017, regardless of maker. Or maybe LG will beat Samsung to the punch on this? We'll just have to wait and see.

It's very likely that foldable smartphones will be the norm in the future - and users are certainly looking forward to this - but, for now, it seems that this will be a rather distant future.

We have to note that Samsung first demoed a foldable display 5 years ago at CES 2011 - as you can see in our video below. It surely takes a lot of time for cutting edge tech to be ready for mainstream use, isn't it? 

source: The Korea Times



2. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I think other company will release a phone with foldable display, then samsung will have no choice but to release their own

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

only LG can be that "other company" since they're the closest to make usable foldable screen and phone component, and I guess samsung wont even care about LG.. samsung will release it when they think it ready

7. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

In June at Lenovo tech world, Lenovo unveiled a prototype of a foldable phone.

9. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahaha, yes prototype, and,,,,,,,,Samsung had them for years as per the above video

10. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

That is true, but the difference between the two videos is the video above is just a display with no operating system or touch capability. To be fair it came out 5 years ago. The Lenovo video is an actual phone with touch screen and an operating system. I am just explain there will more competition towards samsung for who will implement foldable phones/displays the best.

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I don't think the problem is if they can make a good product, I think they could do so now. Problem is to make a good product that won't break because of careless users, and then give backlash because careless and thoughtless users expect fondable to mean basically able to fold it in half over and over repeatedly without getting wear and tear, of which it doesn't. That's a point they want, sure, but getting it? that's going to be a while, where it is durable enough for 'normal' people.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Can chinese company come first this time!!

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I don't think foldable displays or software are really the issue, it's been possible for a while - battery is the biggest problem. Folding Li-ion batteries is a bad move. Other alternatives aren't readily available yet...

8. phljcnth

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I don't think they need to employ a foldable battery. Two separate batteries should be enough if the device is foldable in two. The biggest challenge could be in making the device compact and sturdy.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Just what I thought. Next years phone will be another slight upgrade from the phones out now.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's called the Apple maneuver.

14. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Now i remember them saying "Foldable smartphones are right around the corner" What about that?

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