Samsung may start production of foldable displays later this summer

Samsung may start production of foldable displays later this summer
Ahead of the commercial launch early next year of Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, a new report by ET News claims the company is currently in the process of preparing for production of the displays that will be used, with the first panels reportedly set to roll off the line later this summer.

Presently, Samsung is understood to have built a test line for the new panels in order to ensure production runs smoothly during the initial stages and, if everything goes to plan, the company is eventually expected to ramp up the speeds slightly, although the overall numbers are expected to remain relatively low for the time being, with production capped at 1 million panels. Interestingly, however, it’s reported that Samsung is yet to finalize the design of its smartphone and is said to be debating between two options at this point in time. The first one, which is presumably the most logical design choice, would see the display fold in half, but Samsung doesn’t appear too keen on this idea due to the fact that the device would need to be unfolded in order to relay any kind of information to the user. Instead, it appears the South Korean giant is currently looking into fitting the smartphone with a display that folds two-thirds of the way up, allowing a portion of the panel to be visible at all times. In any case, though, the display will sit at between 7 and 8-inches in size when unfolded.

Given that Samsung’s device is currently set for a launch at MWC 2019 in February, and the fact that production is set to start this summer, the company is expected to make a final decision on the design pretty soon. As revealed today, though, when the unique smartphone does eventually launch, Samsung may face tough competition from rival Huawei, which has announced plans to introduce its own foldable offering sometime next year.

source: ET News (translated) via: Android Authority

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10 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

"a display that folds two-thirds of the way up"...is this a horizontal or vertical fold? I'm having a hard time imagining how this will look.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1346; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Have to say as much as people hate and knock this, multi-conglomerate, Company they just their R&D and production of their displays. They are always on the cutting edge of display tech. I wish them success with this project as it will mean a big change in how we will now interact with out devices.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Sammy flexing its muscles ...

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

"Any new ideas on nifty ideas around our notch?" "No, but if we remove the speakers we can sell more bluetooth speakers!" "Great idea! The iPhone X2 is going to be great!"

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You really need to charge Apple rent, what with all the space they occupy in your mind.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Going to be interesting to see how this is done.

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This is awesome, Samsung is once again pushing the envelope and leading innovation. People can't deny that when Samsung does something like this over and over.

8. Tipus

Posts: 820; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

They have to, if they want to stay in competition with Apple

9. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No they don't have to. Samsung may not make the money apple does but they do fine.

10. Tipus

Posts: 820; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

They do fine because of the innovation, and they got their fan base because of that. At least that's why i got my Note8

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