Samsung purported to reveal new Galaxy smartphones with flexible screens at MWC 2017


Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg reports that Samsung will announce a pair of smartphones with bendable displays in early 2017, possibly during next year's MWC conference in Barcelona (Feb 27 - Mar 2). The first is said to wield a 5-inch display in handset mode, which extends to 8 inches by diagonal and can be used as a tablet. This could be a book-like tablet whose screen "pages" fold up against one another. The other will feature a screen that literally folds in half, similar to a cosmetics compact box. Previously, we have seen patent sketches of this device, allegedly code-named 'Project Valley'.

The smartphones probably won't be part of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S series, rather they could form a new Galaxy X series. They have flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, with 4K resolution rumored for at least one of the new devices. According to IBK analyst Lee Seung Woo, the company had to ensure that the thin, flexible transparent plastic substrates that hold the OLED layer are also durable enough.

But there's still the challenge of coming up with an user interface that takes proper advantage of the smartphones' unique form factor. Last year, Samsung was granted a patent for virtual buttons placed near the edge of a touchscreen. The so-called "sensor pads" can be mapped to different functions, for example allowing buttons on the side of the phone that don't occupy physical space around the screen.

Samsung isn't the only prolific smartphone maker flexing its screens. Rival LG apparently cracked the bending display code at the beginning of 2016, and is mulling commercial applications for its plastic OLED screens. Additionally, Apple which is being supplied with OLED displays from both companies is also experimenting with the technology for the 2018 iPhone, said to introduce a significant redesign alongside its cutting-edge features.

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12 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here comes a certain 5th dimensional imp to proclaim this a gimmick.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This wil be dope. Especially the phone/tablet hybrids. Not the other one that basically is a glorified clamshell phone. Now samsung are talking and they have my attention now, not those useless edge displays for their S line-up

3. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It Will be the pricing of these phones that consumers will be worried about as phones seem to be getting more expensive than affordable,plus the batterylife of these type of phones,as no one yet seems to have brought out these more longer type batteries we keep hearing about

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Why even mention Apple? Samsung and LG do all the hard work and pour all the cash into and I bet Apple will end up being seen as the innovative ones by the average sheep/website

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Another gimmick is coming. Asskisser @ tedkord is already here to defend, LMAO.

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Another gimmick-until-Apple-make-it is coming. Asskisser @ Kumar123 is already here to troll, LMAO.

7. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You mad bro?

10. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Until Apple copies it, gives it a different name, and you drop to your knees in praise.

8. Blastik

Posts: 2; Member since: May 01, 2016

Oh my god! Cant wait for it!

9. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Rubish idea! I hope others won't follow along.

11. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

this is really a great idea..im looking forward for this to come to reality. but the big problem here is the implementation....is samsung ready with this? lets find out.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I like that foldable design that's like a Game Boy. If it evolves into being a Galaxy Note when closed, with full digitizer pen support, wouldn't mind having it in my phone, just won't be a major device deciding factor...

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