Samsung to introduce a foldable smartphone in 2017?



According to a new report, Samsung is currently working on a pair of foldable phones with one model expected to hit the market in 2017. This unit would come with two screens and could be unveiled during CES or MWC next January or February respectively. A foldable phone that opens into a tablet has been a long time dream for the industry. During its TechWorld event last June, Lenovo demonstrated a phone that could be folded and bent into a bracelet. The company also demonstrated a tablet that could shrink into the size of a phablet. Neither product is in the position of being produced for the public.

Samsung's foldable phone with the dual screens would have a hinge in the middle allowing it to have three positions. One would have both displays facing outward allowing the device to have a screen in front and another in back. Another position would have the two displays facing each other inward. This would be done to protect the glass from breaking while the device is being moved around in a pocket or a briefcase. The third and last position would allow the user to have both screens combined into one large tablet sized display.

Keep in mind that according to the report, Samsung has not decided to go "full speed ahead." The company is using the device to see how much demand there will be from the public for such a phone, and to show the public what foldable phones can do. The company is said to have a plan in mind that calls for it to analyze consumer feedback and then apply it to two designs that it has been working on. One is an "out-foldable" design, the other is an "in-foldable" design that Samsung used in a 2013 ad that we have embedded at the top of this story.

Samsung isn't taking chances this time and is proceeding slowly. The company and its reputation is still rebounding following the recalls of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung's dual screen foldable phone is said to resemble this prototype by Japan Display

Samsung's dual screen foldable phone is said to resemble this prototype by Japan Display


source: ETNews via AndroidAuthority

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28 Comments

1. BobLawblaw unregistered

They'll be like the phone/tablet yolks in Westworld..

23. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I was exactly thinking that when I saw those three panel tablets in Westworld.

2. aman5mathur

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Well im excited! So this just might introduce a new segment in the market. A smartphone that is also a tab or vice versa unlike the band design by lenovo. Its been time since something innovative happened apart from lenovo showcasing the laser guided 3D projecting phone back around some time. They showcased the Youm display quite a time ago (2011 maybe?). Been quite a time now, not even a prototype since then?

3. Metropolis75

Posts: 194; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It seems like a novel and cool idea. For those of us that take care of our tech I'm sure we'd love it. Then you have those that have to put their phones into military grade cases, or the ones who put their phones in their back pocket wearing skinny jeans without any type of protection. A disaster waiting to happen. I can yell at my kid for breaking his 3DS. My wife? That's a discussion I don't want to have. I get crap for my "I told you so" look lol.

4. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

It truly amazes me that no matter what Samsung article phoneArena writes, they have to remind us of the Note 7 in every single article. We get it. They got recalled. Let's move on.

10. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Not only this but on the last picture: 'Samsung's dual screen foldable phone is said to resemble this prototype by Japan Display' Meaning: 'Samsung just copy again' No matter that on Japan Display's prototype are two displays - not foldable.

12. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

Exactly. Nothing is revolutionary about two separate screens. What would be revolutionary are the concepts that they show in the video. I'm curious to what materials they'll be using on the bendable screen. Graphene perhaps? Also, there almost has to be some new battery tech since there will be much more screen to power in a very limited space.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they're just doing their daily jab at samsung.. please get used to it :D

29. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Well not being happy with only one, you wouldn't want a double bomb in your pocket, wouldn't you

5. aegislash

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Even though a lot of what Samsung does is considered *gimmicky*, at least they aren't afraid of trying new things to push smartphone technology forward.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's only considered gimmicky by those angry that their preferred company didn't come out with it first. If they had, it would be the greatest innovation ever.

21. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The Red Color Version on next year's iPhone7S is not considered gimmicky ''feature'', though.

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Obviously a dummy advice shown in the video. But if Samsung can make this reality, it could definitely put a damper on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

18. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

10th anniversary of the iPhone is iPhone7S.

8. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Well it shouldn't be called a "foldable phone" but a "foldable tablet" in that sense it's neat, i don't much care for a "foldable phone"

13. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

How about "foldable phablet"? Best of both worlds, right? :D

17. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Pholdblet.

19. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Tabphold? LOL BTW .....Leave to the media guys. They know how to invent ''new categories'' with BS names. Remember ''phablet'' ? LOL

9. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Last picture. 'Samsung's dual screen foldable phone is said to resemble this prototype by Japan Display' I don't understand how it could 'resemble this prototype by Japan Display' when the prototype by Japan Display is not even foldable, but two displays??? Or bashing Samsung must go on as ''Samsung copy again''? I got it.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I don't understand how it could 'resemble this prototype by Japan Display' when the prototype by Japan Display is not even foldable, but two displays???" Exactly my thought too. That prototype from Japan Display is more like a dual-display prototype, not foldable.

14. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Yup But Samsung shouldn't get whole the credit for this. Right? It's not like inventing the red or black color. Or the rectangle.

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It's iphonearena you know. Everything Iphone is top dollar. Everything Samsung is bad...

15. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Don't like it as it gonna be too thick

22. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I could agree with that. At least about first versions. Still 15mm thickness for pocketable tablet, sounds tempting. And the folded size (ratio-height) will be smaller than today's phones, so unfolded to have good ratio for watching movies. Right?

20. jasrockett

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Bring it on. An 8" tabletphone in mi pocket. Quick

24. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wait till the Techie expert come hear and give you the facts. He has high knowledge of Samsung tech. He will give you the stats and data to back it up.

27. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

28. KingSam

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

That form factor seems good for reading. Not much else.

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