The likes of the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex opened up a whole new world of opportunity thanks to their curved displays, and now it looks like Samsung is set to push the trend on.
According to a leading executive at Samsung, the company is planning on bringing out a ‘foldable’ smartphone by the end of 2015, effectively acting as a successor to the Galaxy Round.
But, the Galaxy Round will work much differently to this new device, mainly because of the development of the curved display technology.
Whilst the Round’s screen is effectively curved during production, this new handset’s screen will actually be user bendable, meaning that each individual owner can contort the display to their liking.
This obviously holds plenty of practical uses for different users, and it’s claimed that Samsung is around a year ahead of any other developer when it comes down to this sort of tech.
According to the South Korean company, it has the capability to produce between 30,000 and 40,000 displays of this kind a month, something none of its competitors will be able to do until 2016.
However, whilst these numbers do sound good, it’s not likely to make the proposed handset a widespread one, with handsets like the Galaxy Note or S5 being produced in their millions rather than in tens of thousands.
This means that like the Galaxy Note Edge, the foldable Samsung device is likely to be fairly limited upon release and geared to a mainstream launch around a year after.
Of course, there’s no evidence to support these claims yet either, and whilst we’re sure Samsung is planning something like this, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see it take longer than imagined.
The main area of scepticism comes not from developing a bendable display, but from making battery also capable of flexing to these constraints as well, something which has proved to be tremendously tricky up until now.
It’s a possibility that Samsung may well have figured this out, but until we get proof we’re not planning on holding our breath.
Details about specs for the device are still a long way off, but with technology as advanced as this, it would be a real downer to see it wasted besides an average spec sheet.
Also, with a bendable screen, the display will also have to offer top quality resolution as well, as users will definitely be annoyed if they get a substandard view besides the foldable technology.
For now, we recommend taking this news with a pinch of salt, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye on any developments in the new year, of which we’ll always keep you updated.
Written by Luke Hatfield