Samsung’s foldable phone tipped for January release with microSD slot, sealed battery

Samsung foldable OLED display research

Samsung foldable OLED display research


Samsung is literally going to bring its phones into the fold early next year, it seems, as rumors have emerged that its first foldable phone is about to become a reality at that time. Samsung itself said in the spring that it expects to have fully functional foldable devices in 2016, and it might be on its way to deliver precisely that.

Samsung's first phone with flexible display, made with plastic instead of glass substrate, was the Galaxy Round way back in 2013. Since then we saw the technology enter the mainstream in the Galaxy S6 edge and edge+, as well as the Note Edge, predominantly for the cool factor, rather than any tangible benefits from the side-sloping display.

Samsung foldable display patent

Samsung foldable display patent

A real foldable device is another matter, though, as you can have a largish display in a small pocketable footprint for carrying around. From a Weibo account that has leaked quite a few important things already, now comes the tip that the so-called Project V (for Valley) by Samsung is being tested for January release. The foldable smartphone is allegedly being run through its paces with both Snapdragon 620 and 820 configurations, 3 GB of RAM, microSD card slot, and, naturally, a non-removable battery. 

How exactly will Samsung's foldable Project V smartphone look like, remains to be seen, but the company research you see above, allows for thousands of closings and openings without deterioration of the folding area. It's using a metal mesh touch layer in the display itself, and not an indium tin oxide (ITO) film, which deteriorates when bent, especially at the curved area. 

Back at the CES expo in 2013, Samsung was rumored to have shown a 5.68" foldable prototype to select audience, though it wasn't clear if that's in a folded or open state. Coincidentally, there are speculations about two versions of the Galaxy S7 - a 5.2" and 5.7" one - which sounds rather strange, and our money would only be on the smaller screen size. That rumored 5.7-incher? Well, it just might be Samsung's first foldable display phone, and we can't wait to see if this rumor holds water come CES in January. In the meantime, marvel at Samsung's concept video below, and dream of the day we will carry folded tablets in our pocket.


source: Weibo via G4Games

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41 Comments

1. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

2016 Jan - MWC Samsung launch foldable display smartphone; : Meh, gimmick 2017 Sept: Apple launch foldable iphone : Wow..innovation

2. hateftotti

Posts: 224; Member since: May 03, 2011

They will catch up in 2019 not 2017 ;)

16. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

well, i don't think Apple will launch that phone at all. :P

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We know they won't. It's a joke. They especially aren't going to make it, if it require licensing any patents from Samsung.

26. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

u just nailed it bro :D :D

31. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

Apple would not be able to release any phone if they weren't having licensed hundreds of patents from Samsung.

33. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

There are more than one way to make a foldable display (Have a look at current Touch Screen display). There will be no licensing any patents from Samsung.

40. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

4. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

There is no way Apple would release that so fast after Samsung. It would take at least 3 years for them to follow with their "innovation".

6. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

yeah, they havent even released their innovative curved screen yet

7. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol Apple is doing it right. You guys spend more time talking about Apple than Samsung even in a Samsung article about folding screens!!

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just liek you guys talk more about Samsung in Apple articles. So look who is calling the kettle black.

24. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Ummm, bucky... These comments are talking DOWN Apple, not talking about Apple... There's a difference in THAT! Samsung innovation is OUTSTANDING compared to Apple. O.o

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm very excited to see what this phone would look like and how it would work

15. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

That's right. This year, Samsung brings dual curve screen smartphones to the market, a breakthrough innovation that no one can imagine. Next year is going to be another game changer for Samsung while some company might have to sell its mobile division. LoL

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hopefully the first isn't a Galaxy device. Let it be a mid-ranged spec'd device with simple capabilities to see how the consumers will feel about it. If it ends up catching on, then Lets have a Galaxy Tab S or Note Pro that is fold-able. A fold-able phone to me just doesnt seem to be catchy as it would be quite thick in the pocket. But now that Samsung has made a folding OLED display, devices liek the Microsoft Courier could finally become a reality and could easily go into mass production and drive the costs down quick. The fold-able tech could be used in so many Enterprise application, hospital, airlines and so many more industries. If done right, this could be a killer application of technology.

25. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I'd agree with 95% of your post, except for the fold-able phone NOT being catchy... Can you not imagine having that fold-able phone and NOT needing a "case" or "screen protector". Here's my money Sammy. O.o

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I just about drooled at the thought of a 5" phone that folds out into a tablet screen.

8. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

This is truly pathbreaking ! Wow. Hope to have it in my hands in about an years time !!

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Very Excited but waiting for the 2nd Gen would be a smarter move unless you wish to be an early adopter

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well someone has to adopt it early to give feedback on what is good or bad. I can see such usage as: Enterprise - A full 50"+ digital display signage that could be rolled to various sizes to fit a sign, or used for meetings or similar. A traveler can roll out a screen on a plane and attach their laptop or mobile device. A businessman/woman could carry a full sized 20" display in their pocket to have a presentation like showing off a sample of a house, or to show floorplans and similar. For a smartphone. How about a small keyboard that has a 5-7" display that you could simply pull out and then start using or no keyboard and be a full touch screen device that is less than a 1/4" thick. I mean the applications of uses are near endless.

10. ShangTsung

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

5.7 inch seems pretty small for a foldable smartphone.

11. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I'm guessing that's the closed size. But either way, it would be great to have a small phone the size of the old flip phones, and then fold out into a Note5 size.

12. gaming64 unregistered

I'm not interested P.S. Incoming "why did you click the article then" comments incoming. FYI, this is my opinion.

14. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

why did you click the article then

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Unbelievable Samsung. It's amazing how much further Samsung and only a couple of others (chinese)are actually pushing the innovation into the future. Truly thinking outside the box.

17. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wow.. This should instantly make all tablets up to 12 inches obsolete..!! Just imagine, a smartphone with a 6 inch folded diagonal, should be about 158mm to 160mm tall. Take it out and unfold it and you have a freaking 12 inch screen..!! Damn.. I just created a puddle on the floor with my drooling. Gotcha get the mop and wipe it off..

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The true innovator. How do you know an innovator when you see one? They actually make or invent stuff. if you just buy others people stuff and then tweak it, that's not innovation; that's eveolution no matter who does it. No other phones on the planet have come with the cool innovative ideas that Samsung has had. Even though many of those ideas maybe didnt work as well yet, they own the patent and can improve them once hardware catches up. I think Samsung fell on the same issues Microsoft. They both released very good ideas that were simply to early for the existing technology and thus they didnt catch on or failed. Once technology catches up, those things will be better. Looking forward for the concepts of "smart pause", "smart scroll" and those other ideas to really pan out. Concepts like "smart stay" is a very nice common sense idea. With $200BN, this is the type of company Apple should be and isnt. Microsoft, Samsung, Intel and many others are the real innovators of the 20th century.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm calling it now: Galaxy Fold Galaxy S Fold Galaxy Note Fold Galaxy Tab S Fold Galaxy Note Pro Fold Galaxy Smart Fold

27. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Don't worry Apple losers, you will get a copied version in the new future.

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