Samsung to release smartphones with flexible displays that fold in half by end of 2015


According to the IDC, Samsung's market share dropped sharply in Q2 2014 to 24.9%, down from 32.2% in Q2 2013. Most analysts agree that this mostly has to do with the success of Chinese manufacturers, who, until recently, weren't really that much of a factor in the global rankings.

To counter, Samsung has already made it clear that it'll be adopting a two-pronged approach. It'll start by moving things around with its low- and mid-range line-ups by positioning them at even lower price points whilst, at the same, reducing the ridiculous number of different models available (up to 30% less), and work on keeping its premium handsets unique by incorporating tech that is either hard or impossible for competitors to mimic. If you've been keeping tabs on Samsung the last few months, you'll know that advanced display solutions are something the company has been working hard on – we've seen it first with the Galaxy Round, and now, with the Galaxy Note Edge. The next step, however, is to produce smartphones with displays that fold in half.

You read that right – according to Lee Chang-hoon, the VP of Samsung Display's business strategic team, who spoke at the Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York, the company "will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000" foldable displays per month by the end of 2015. Chang-hoon says that the current plan is to bring a consumer-ready device with a foldable screen by next Christmas, and continue ramping up the company's production capabilities well into 2016. 

Lee also says that Samsung Display is working on lowering production costs associated with the manufacturing of AMOLED displays in order to better compete with LCD solutions which are comparatively cheaper. Apparently, the hope is for the company to reach a 50:50 ratio – or half of the panels that come off the conveyor belt should go to outside accounts.

We'll have to wait and see if Samsung's plans will work out and if the behemoth company will be able to pull out of the quicksand.

source: ZDNet, IDC

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27 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So I guess we shall finally see the return of the flip phone?

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

May be a tablet that can be folded into a smartphone???? Sounds cool...

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

However innovative the tech is implication should be neat and useful. Hope Sammy pull this off even more sooner...

8. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Note 5/Note 5 edge/Note 5 Fold

14. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

no the note 5 itself will fold in half this time if not the note 6 surely will.

26. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This would a great slogan "bend without breaking"

16. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

If samsung did that then some iphone people would say its gimmicky.

20. jaxson983

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

and then copy it in 3 years

2. AndroidLollipop unregistered

# Foldgate :)

6. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

LOL LOL

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Please showcase the panels at MWC or CES, Samsung.

4. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

if samsung can really pull this off, i'm sold

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Bring it on Sammy...

10. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Yes. Maybe finally, the bigger, the better, trend will be over.

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

10 inch screen tablet that can fold into a 5 inch screen sized handset would be bloody brilliant. The major hurdle here is that they need to make it so the folded area isn't obvious or lesser quality than the rest of the screen. If you see an obvious visual or colour loss where it folds it's not going to work. It needs to look completely uniform when flattened out.

17. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i think, this why they introduced note 4 edge, where, if you fold the device, it will look like note 4 edge.

12. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Samsung is up to something crazy again like last time with the note concept. While apple meh. Won't upgrade it's camera from 8 and is trying to deceive people with the dual camera bs.

13. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Sony has the display from 2007....

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You mean the Tablet P? That doesn't count. That was just a giant flip phone where when you flatten it out it became two screens. This is supposed to flatten out to be one big screen. There is a huge difference.

15. ACTxOFxGOD

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

iPhone 6+ already does this, just put in pocket and sit...

18. treasure

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

you made me so laugh, brilliant comment =))

19. shoutouttoallthepears

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

nope lol

21. LeBoeuf

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

NO...forget that...I want the "Red Planet" pull out screen.

22. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Honestly I think this is going to bring us closer to a truely ubiquitus computing experience. I always have thought that one day we will have one computing device which will be a phone, tablet and home computer. What I mean is having one solution that you can use in three different ways. A smartphone which opens into a tablet and then a docking station which makes it a full desktop.

23. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Finally a phone that is supposed to bend!

24. gunnor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Have the phone screen bend in two and when it's folded the outer screen is dual sided. I'd be sold if the had a physical keyboard.

27. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Sounds intriguing, but I don't see much appeal for the phone business. Maybe for large wall screens that you can fold around...

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