For several years now we have seen a wide variety of proposed solutions for foldable smartphones from different manufacturers. One of the main contributors in the field has been Samsung which has a very active group of researchers in their display division. As Samsung moves closer to make a foldable smartphone a reality, ETNews from Korea is reporting the company will have some prototypes on hand at MWC 2017.
Although a foldable smartphone may be in attendance at MWC 2017 thanks to Samsung, odds are good that we will not see it and confirmation of its existence may be thin. That is because Samsung appears to be planning to only show off the devices in private meetings behind closed doors. The purpose is to get feedback from partners regarding the viability of a foldable smartphone in the market. Thus, the focus will be on thoughts from partners like retailers or wireless carriers who will be trying to sell the devices. Samsung will also seek input from industries in the manufacturing chain. If Samsung is really going to make this happen, they will need to start getting a good feel for anticipated production time.
One aspect of the prototype devices that is unclear is whether they are working units or merely mock-ups. Sources have indicated in the past that Samsung currently has the capability of producing flexible screens that can fold both inward and outward. The former would be used for devices that might fold like a book or wallet, keeping the screen primarily inside. Outward bending screens could be used in devices that might wrap around an arm or say to create a tent display with two sides.
Be sure to stick with TalkAndroid for coverage of MWC 2017 later this month to see whether any more news of a foldable smartphone from Samsung surfaces.