Shh, Samsung will demo phone with a slide-out display at a secret meeting today

Shh, Samsung will demo phone with a slide-out display at a secret meeting today
So, Samsung's foldable phone strategy seems already set to mean one affordable midrange clamshell focused on portability to be released in the spring, and one vertical-axis flagship like the Galaxy Fold and its successor Fold 2, in the second half of the years ahead.

What's next for the ever-increasing form factor possibilities that bendy OLED displays offer? Why, rollable or slide-out screens, of course. Korean media is reporting today that Samsung has set up a private booth to showcase its concept slideable display phone to potential customers. 

It did so with foldable phones the last few CES expos to gauge acceptance, and those actually materialized, so the slide-out handset may be commercialized at some point, too. In fact, Samsung showed a rollable display way back at the SID expo in 2016, so the technology must have matured more by now.



What does it look like? Well, one needs to look no further than Samsung's recent slide-out patents on the matter that got visualized by the fine artists over at LetsGoDigital.

As an alternative to the horizontal slide, Samsung has also patented a vertical sliding mechanism for its rollable display phones, so it could be on or the other, or maybe both that will be showcased at the secret booth today. 

We'll keep our ears to the ground, but in the meantime you can take a gander at what the future might bring from Samsung below.

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15 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This could work well like the vertical flip phone it is similar to a slider phone back in the days which were so kool.

2. Popop971

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Sometimes, it feels like those companies found a new technology, and then they just try to find a way to sell it ... Doesn't matter if people actually need it or not ... Just throw anything on the market to see what stick and bring some money. And of course, they charge you an astonishing amount of money because it's "new stuff". And no, it's not innovation. It's about making R&D pay for itself with gimmicks.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is absolutely innovation.

10. cevon3239

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Well you know, records and cassette tapes all worked just fine. Does that mean we shouldn't have progressed to CD's or MP3's? You don't have to buy it. Just because you can not make use of it, doesn't mean no one can. Lots of products have gimmicky features you may never use. Does that mean they shouldn't be there? You're complaining about progress? Really?

13. Balthazarthegreat77

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2020

That's the name of the game son! This is how you run a business that makes money and grows. Who exactly needs a spoiler on a Honda Accord? Nobody, it's just looks cool to some people and Honda probably spends $70 in material to make one and charges you $2,500 for an accessory.

3. surethom

Posts: 1751; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I have wanted a Side sliding phone Since 1997 when sliding screen communicators were shown on Gene Roddenberry series Earth Final Conflict.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. They were called globals. This is where the promise of folding screens is leading.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Now what mechanical device do they use to keep the screen elevated and can it be set at different heights or will it be closed or full extension only?

5. rsiders

Posts: 2038; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The future is looking a lot more interesting with these types of concepts. They won't be for everybody but I can definitely see this being a thing for a lot of people. OnePlus's disappearing camera concept is so sexy too. I really love that design especially if they use a leather type trim for the back. Wow.

6. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Interested to see this for sure. Hopefully it's not too bulky.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is what I've been saying. This is where the flexible displays will shine.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't want to give up waterproofing for any of these new form factors so they need to figure this out.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That could be friggin awesome. Do it Sammy.

14. riteshrkm

Posts: 165; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

No matter What people say. This is Damn Innovation!! Atleast they are trying n they are in right direction. It may not be for everyone but Kudos to Samsung for coming up with all this one after another.

15. Pssst3

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 06, 2019

This kind of tech was used for the communicators in the 1997 TV Series Earth: Final Conflict. What is questionable is how well totally flexible sheet touch screens will work. Given their history, if anyone can make it work, Samsung will.

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