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.
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.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 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)