Samsung to launch a Galaxy Note 4 with bent display this year, foldable Note 5 in 2015

Samsung to launch a Galaxy Note 4 with bent display this year, foldable Note 5 in 2015
Samsung will be releasing a phone with "bent" display later this year, Korean media reports, and it will be part of the Galaxy line still. The company showcased such a prototype when it was introducing its YOUM brand of flexible mobile display panels at last year's CES. The display was rolled over the edges, like you see in the thumb image, showing separate notifications and info tickers on the side of the phone. 

Now whether the new bent display phone this year will be based on this concept, or something more practical, remains to be seen, yet we can't wait for the next application of flexible displays from Samsung, as the Galaxy Round turned out to be a tad underwhelming. Actually, Bloomberg reported last month that Samsung is looking at implementing a three-sided screen in its Galaxy Note 4 flagship, so that might be the "bent display" one, or at least a batch of it.

The bent smartphones will be rolled out as a Galaxy variant with a few million units at the end of this year, initially taking aim at the niche market,” claims Song Jong-ho, an analyst with the Korean KDB Daewoo Securities. Samsung is reportedly also ramping up its A3 production line for flexible OLEDs: "The initial investment [in the A3 line] will stand at around 2 trillion won ($1.9 billion)," adds another analyst, Kim Dong-won, from Hyundai Securities.

That's a pretty significant sum, and shows that Samsung is rather serious when it comes to its flexible displays future. The ultimate goal, say the analysts, is to produce a truly foldable phone, and this one is evidently set for the second half of next year. Samsung mastered the production of foldable displays, so that the picture and quality of the panel don't deteriorate at the place of folding, but flexible batteries are where it is putting the effort towards now.

"Samsung’s battery segment is still way behind compared to its progress in display technology,” has said an anonymous insider from the electronics giant. That's apparently the reason Samsung will give it a try with the bent display phone this year, and then work hard towards the foldable handset for next year. "The bent device is the first step toward testing the market and gauging how it would react to its foldable smartphones that are to be unveiled in the second half of next year," confirmed Song, adding something very interesting.


The analyst actually claims that the foldable phone, which was promised by CEO Kwon Oh-hyun at Analyst Day last year, will be Samsung's next flagship. If this pans out, that means the Note 5 might be a very radical departure from Samsung's typical S Pen-wielding phablets. We say Note 5, as flagship for "the second half of next year" would mean the 2015 Note, rather than the Galaxy S6, given that the S5 will be announced in two short weeks from now. 

In any case, the foldable phone application would be perfect for a phablet, which can be compact when folded, while becoming one larger screen for doodling, browsing or watching videos, when the situation calls for it. Sounds like a sci-fi project, but the technology for the panel is actually out there, and we cross fingers that Samsung furthers its flexible batteries development quicker. As for the chassis and other components? Well, that will be Samsung's engineers surprising us, though we are certain there will be plenty of foldable leaks in the meantime.



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19 Comments

1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Man,... These Guys do mean Business.. Good for us...

2. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Hope bent smartphones will be more affordable this year. Both the Round & Flex were ridicoulusly pricey.

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Affordable? ...nyet

3. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Oh Samsung, are you copying again? BS aside, there is really no denying that Samsung is on the bleeding edge of cutting into new technologies. The foldable Note 5 could be the kind of a game changing product that will put even Apple's achievements to shame.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

http://www.foxcrawl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/NEC-Medias-W-N-05E.jpeg There's a fodable phone. Released last year already.

10. HASHTAG unregistered

And there was also a foldable phone years before that phone ..... The Kyocera Echo :D

13. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

As a Kyocera Echo owner... What Samsung is doing so far can not even be considered anything CLOSE to what the Echo is...

11. SleepingOz unregistered

Too bad the screens aren't foldable though..

4. GeekMovement unregistered

Nice to see Samsung pushing technology further. I just hope that it improves functionality. I'm still a bit skeptical about bendable/foldable displays.

5. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Ummm, just let's see what will Cupertino gank do.

7. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Foldable Note 5: I see no real use of it. I like to see more durable and waterproof version. Nothing too extreme in protection but more like close to or better than Sony Xperia Z1.

15. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Why don't you wait until you see an actual model before you claim there is no use for it.

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

How are we gonna hold a phone with screen On the sides?

12. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I love using iPhkne but this is amazing!!! Good for Samsung they are the masters of flex display(:

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now that's the GALAXY PHONE i'm waiting for .bendable note 2015! Skipped 1-4GS. SKIPPED NOTE 1-4.

16. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Bent? Perhaps. Foldable 2015? I doubt it. Maybe 2017 or 2018.

17. wilsong17 unregistered

we test dummy

18. jeimkle

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Do you have an inside source for this information? Maybe you know the future and if that is the case may I suggest picking lottery numbers. Wait a minute.... I know what you did last sum..... nevermind..... this stupid guessing game is harder than I thought

19. hiteshjaina

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I love the Samsung Note 3 but I feel Note 4 beat note 3

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