Samsung hints foldable display gear for 2015, brags Galaxy line achievements

Samsung hints foldable display gear for 2015, brags Galaxy line achievements

Samsung is holding its first analyst-oriented event in 8 years to quell the worries about flagship smartphone saturation - its bread and butter business. Actually, it just threw a pretty big number at analysts and investors - cumulative sales since the inception of the Galaxy S and Note lines have surpassed the 100th million handset this year. This includes the first Galaxy S, then the S II, the Note, S III, Note II, and the current Galaxy S4 and Note 3, of course. 

Certainly an impressive achievement, though the overall numbers are less than what Samsung was forecasting around this time last year. Global smartphone penetration is after all just 21 %, so Samsung expects the maturing flagship market to be offset with the exploding low- and mid-range ones, and is positioning accordingly, with attention paid to tablets as well. Samsung's boss JK Shin also reminded analysts that flagship demand will get a boost from the switch to LTE networks as well, and people will be changing their handsets more often to take advantage of the faster download speeds. "By 2017," he mentioned, "half of all handset demand will be for LTE-equipped ones".

Samsung also hinted what's in the pipeline going forward, with a specific takeaway about its YOUM brand of flexible displays with plastic substrate. Surprisingly, the company divides its YOUM panels in "curved", "bended" and... wait for it... "foldable" ones. 

Yep, as you see in the timeline it presented to investors above, the Galaxy Round is somewhat of a trailblazer for the "curved" concept here, but Samsung is planning to also introduce phones with "bended" screens next year, while "foldable" display gear is scheduled to arrive in 2015. There's one little hurdle between the bendable and foldable sections, though, that Samsung has marked as "Technology barriers" on the timeline, but we cross fingers those get overcome in a year or two, and we receive something akin to Samsung's concept video below.


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34 Comments

1. Arslan25

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

Samsung always at the top with new ideas and innovations (Y)

5. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Bring that folding tablet/phone in 2012 ces commercial

22. mturby unregistered

u can NOT be at the top for something u have not created yet. they are scared of lg and its flexible display. what they are doing here is that they are letting everybody know that they ''WILL BE THE FIRST'' creating a flexible display on a smartphone, wich is tottaly stupid. in other words: pathetic.

26. mturby unregistered

LG will kick their butt

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And is is the perfect time to buy their flexible phones. I don't have to rush out and buy the GS III IV or NOTE III. I'm waiting for their flexible phones

2. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Foldable??? Sony P Tablet While the flexible phone is fail

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Yep, still remember that tablet. A good idea but executed poorly.

13. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

tablet p was also a fail. we need a foldable display that has no gap between the folded parts.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

two separate screen vs one screen is a huge difference

4. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Samsung reached the 100 million mark a while ago tho. phonearena.com/news/Samsung-sells-100-million-Sams​ung-Galaxy-S-series-phones_id38662

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Apparently that estimate was incorrect, since Samsung has been making a big deal about it this week. That means you should take most of their "sales" figures with a grain of salt.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

Incorrect. They didn't start throwing that number around this week. The reference in the article even links to the article from January when they reached 100 million. Considering they have sold over 40 million S4s since then & many million more , S2s, S3s, Note 2s, & Note 3s, I'm willing to bet they'll be hitting the 200 million mark very soon if they haven't already.

6. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

what they can do is stop dreaming or start breaking the physic ~

23. mturby unregistered

+1000

7. BigBoss10

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

SAMSUNG DISPLAY FOLDABLE ~ IPHONE DISPLAY CAN'T IT CRACKED INTO PIECES LOL :D

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a pretty stupid comment, considering any phone drop from the right height will crack. Boy you're really chasing those green thumbs this morning huh? Since no ones given you one yet, I'll help you out. +1 buddy

8. BigBoss10

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

FOR ME IPHONE BEEN ALWAYS A PIECE OF S H I T

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then you should definitely never own one. See how simple that is?

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

leave him alone. he needs to do his daily quota sh*t to get paid.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol I know huh.

24. mturby unregistered

iphone is a great competitor against android, of course, android is better

34. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Not to mention same design.

10. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

What about batteries? This is THE most important component that needs an update

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Seems like battery advancement is only to make it bigger. At some point size will max out, and making the cells last longer will be a priority. But since the trend is bigger phones, they just slap in a bigger battery. +1

19. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

You make it sound as if tech hasn't been advancing in battery efficiency. Based on the article battery form factor will change more so than size

27. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Yeah, but phones are consuming more and more energy every year and the bigger batteries are just keeping them alive for 1 or 2 days, i´m talking about a battery that last 1 week, that is what people want, not curved or bendable phones

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was my point bro +1

33. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I figured it out after posting my reply... :)

17. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Solar powered phones? (^_^))

28. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Most of time that i´m on street, my phone keeps in my pocket, I don´t see it solar recharging in that situation.

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