Samsung exec shares news on bendable-screen phones "right around the corner"

Samsung exec shares news on bendable-screen phones
Bendable screen prototypes have been popping up at trade shows for years; the question is far from being one of whether or not we can build such displays, and instead has taken the shape of how bendable screens might work in the context of a smartphone, with all its other (not typically bendable) components. Only recently has it started to look like such full-on bendable phones could really be about to happen, with rumors talking about multiple models from Samsung, and Lenovo even showing off some of its creations at yesterday's event. Earlier this week a report claimed that Samsung was looking to introduce a pair of flexible-screen phones at MWC next year, citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” Well, now we've got some bendable-phone news that's actually attributable to a Samsung exec, as president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America Gregory Lee talks about his company's flexible-phone future.

Lee reflects on the slow road to commercially viable bendable phones, and it's not durability he calls out as the big stumbling block impeding those efforts, but instead cost: while Samsung's been making flexible screens for the better part of a decade, it's taken a long time to figure out how to do so at a reasonable price.

But the good news is that the stars are finally beginning to align for bendable phones, and Lee says that the arrival of such handsets with flexible screens is “relatively right around the corner.”

Does that mean “later this year?” When you're thinking big-picture, we guess that MWC 2017 in late February and early March could conceivably fit that timeframe, as well. And while we might not have a specific launch window just yet – to say nothing of specific details about this first wave of hardware – it's still extra reassuring to hear high-level Samsung personnel talking about these innovative phones nearly being ready to become reality.


source: Recode via Pocketnow

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19 Comments

1. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Just make the screens large, as in 7-8 inches, m'kay. Finally something for me to get excited about the phone scene... in years.

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

i wonder if they moved the note release and galaxy line up in order to release flex phones after note line so you get 3 major releases a year every 4 months galaxy s,(april) note (august) and flex line (november or early december)

3. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Will they do it before Lenovo?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

lenovo already showcasing their prototype and John V. doing hand-on on it :Dhttp://www.androidauthority.com/lenovo-foldable-smartphone-concept-697706/

5. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm,yes, lenovos was not even real products for customers but just mockups of things to come, they not even close to making it a $2000 product you can buy

6. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung as had prototypes for years, means nothing as per above

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The problem is the mass production cost. Lenovo and Samsung admitted this. If they released it anytime soon, it would be like $1500 bucks or more. Maybe in a year we will see these.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

j2001m the Samsung lover! Lenovo phone thats was showcase is 100% working in all aspect btw. They are much closer to make it a reality than Samsung and LG Who simply want to continue to milk clients.

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Samsung and LG are display manufactures with tons of money being spent in R&D. I am not saying Lenovo can't do it before Samsung or LG. But odds are much in favor of Samsung then LG and then Lenovo.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Apple already did that in 2014. Samsung copying again huh?

10. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm assuming this comment is meant to be a joke.

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess he is referring to iPhone 6 bending issue.

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Well, yes.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Good call. But Samsung will have it folding correctly.

20. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Maaannnnn, you beat me in hours with ur pun. Nice one btw

11. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Give it a surface phone dreams x86 support!!

21. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

There probably is gonna be a bend limit... just do what LG did with Flex serious...

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Tge Samsung Galaxy Note Fold Tab S7 Mega V 4 Limited Edition

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I doubt this tech will take off, and a become mainstream success. Taking chances has gotten Samsung to the top, but this one probably won't pan out.

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