Samsung to out a 9"-to-5" foldable display device in early 2015, claims Korean media

Samsung to out a 9
From a word on the grapevine, Samsung's elusive foldable display device is quickly advancing towards reality. It was pegged for a release sometime next year, as evidenced by a timeline slide during Samsung's analyst Day presentations, and allegedly showcased to investors behind closed doors during the CES and MWC expos.

Now, a Korean publication sheds some more light on the foldable gear in question, claiming that it will be a tablet of sorts, with an 8-9 inches Full HD Super AMOLED display. So far, so good, we know that Samsung has had such panels in development for a while now, and is even prepping AMOLED tablets for release very soon

It's the foldable display part that is the most interesting nugget of info in the report. The source mentions that the tablet's display will be built on a plastic, instead of a glass substrate, and will feature one touch layer on top. Given that Samsung's researchers have already mastered the seamless bending, having prototypes whose image quality and durability didn't decrease at the crevice, even after thousands of folding attempts, we see how the company might have finally arrived at a commercially-viable device.

Samsung seamless foldable AMOLED display prototype

Samsung seamless foldable AMOLED display prototype


Tri-foldable display patent

Tri-foldable display patent"  

The publication claims that this tablet can be folded two times, until the visible display part is much smaller - both four and five inches are mentioned. Previously we heard that the folded device will result in a 5.68" display diagonal. This phone-to-tablet concept is similar to Samsung's tri-foldable patent, filed not long ago, which you can see on the right, and where the two sides fold 180 degrees, and make for a much smaller device in the end. 

Samsung has apparently spearheaded the development, despite having yield issues with the flexible tablet panels, and plans to announce the device early next year. The insiders mention all the soulsearching that has been going on over at Samsung's about the practicality of such a product. One possible application they saw is in women's handbags, where the folded phone/tablet combo will take up much less space, and can only be unfolded when a larger display is needed, like what you see from the 2:15 point in the video below. Samsung is said to be acutely aware that a new breed of interface will have to be developed, too, as well as killer apps that can take full advantage of the foldable display concept. We cross fingers everything goes to plan, and can't wait for more leaks to trickle down, as this could be the gamechanger that the maturing mobile industry needs right now.


source: Daum (translated)

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25 Comments

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

niceeee job sammy :)

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Just need 10 more years, we will see unbelievable technology..... Soon

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No home hardware button? That would also be a massive change.

8. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

lg g3 nexus 5 and many more has no home hardware button :)

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

True, but which one of them is made by Samsung? That button is my first gripe with Samsung, if they shed that, tweak the looks of the line an make a GPE they may get my dollars at some point like the phones you listed an currently use now do. Perhaps I missed something in that post ☺

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Samsung has to ditch home hardware button,tweak the design and make GPE just for your dollar??? There are million samsung users like me who like home hardware button,and TW......

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yup,.. There's millions that like em, an 6 plus billion on the planet that don't or won't buy them. There's little to differentiate from one model of phone to the next in Samsung line up, never mind tablets. Can't share a different design, greedy?

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If you have paid attention....i never said anything about design...i too want a design change....i want to them ditch faux metal rim.... Home button and TW are trademark for samsung phone......

24. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If you have paid attention....i never said anything about design...i too want a design change....i want to them ditch faux metal rim.... Home button and TW are trademark for samsung phone......

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

If they just kill that hard home button as well as put the back button on the proper side, I would buy Samsung phones every year.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Careful, apparently this is a heretical idea.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That video is suck :D Great concept video Sammy. However, it is scary to think that one day everything we use will be some sort of electronic device similar in the video and everyone will just freak out when the power goes out.

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I'll tell you something scary. Everyone these days are looking down at their phone at almost every moment of their day: When they walk, eat, work, study, and even date. Now that, is scary.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That scary indeed. Nothing is worth looking "up" anymore...

6. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Sick!

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This would be awesome!!

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Truly INNOVATION.

12. robma

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

SEL and Sharp just announced a 13" 8k amoled prototype. I wonder where we are going.

13. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

They should come out now with tubular forms that would be more practical and doable with the current technology, much like rolling paper into a tube and portions of the outer layer skin would have a display.... unfurling/rolling out the tube into a large flat display would be the prize (size could be very large depending on the thickness of the film. Foldable forms would really be something when they perfect a meta-material meld technology like the walls of the pod in the film Contact. But then again, this would be a great start for Samsung to come out with this foldable display now.

15. emitchell4luv

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

this is more like advance flip phone, without buttons, define true bendable screen, foldable screen, then u'll know thats not it.

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What are you taking....flip phone doesn't share a display between two parts... This one does and is bendable...

22. _X.ET

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

cool, i am afraid of breaking ...

25. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Great technology and innovation. Thats a milestone in tech history

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