It has been reported in the past that Samsung has been working on a foldable display, and it looks like it’s on track for next year. In fact, some believe we might see them in tablet form by the end of this year.
As Samsung and LG duke it out in the curved phone arena, Samsung (and presumably LG) is readying a smartphone that has a “bent” display. It will debut later this year, and of course, it will be a Galaxy product. If you read between the lines, you will see Galaxy Note 4 written there. However, much like the Galaxy Round was to the Galaxy Note 3, expect it to be a variant. They will only produce a few million units for a niche market.
A bent display features a more pronounced “curve” on one edge of the display. This bent area can display separate notifications as well. Samsung showed this as the Youm display at CES 2013. It represents the next step to what many are waiting for…. foldable displays. For now, it seems as though we won’t see the first smartphone with a foldable display until 2015.
I wonder what they will call this year’s model? Galaxy Bent?
source: Korea Herald
We get to see a lot of new stuff at CES, but apparently there are a few things not shown publicly as well. According to Korean media, Samsung showed a foldable display for smartphones to VIPs at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas during CES.
If you remember, Samsung recently had a patent for a foldable display, so this is no surprise. According to sources, the display is AMOLED, measures 5.68-inches, and is made with a film-like polymide substrate. The display is touch sensitive and might support pen recognition.
We had a chance to see Samsung’s concept foldable displays earlier in the week, and now Samsung has revealed their plans during their first analyst day in eight years. They are touting such things as the fact that they will surpass 100 million Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones this year, but what’s really peaked curiosity is displays. The above slide shows the Galaxy Round at the bottom, which is classified as curved. You will notice that “Bended” is show to begin sometime in 2014, followed by “Foldable” in late 2015, or most likely 2016.
Samsung also recently announced that 2K displays were coming to mobile devices in 2014 followed by 4K in 2015. So as you can see, technology for mobile isn’t slowing down anytime soon. What are you more excited about? Bendable or Motorola’s upcoming modular phones?
The Galaxy Round isn’t exciting too many people because we are still in the very early stages of this technology. Eventually we will have foldable phones and tablets, but we will probably have to wait till 2016 or even as late as 2020. Samsung put together a document with concepts that could very well come to fruition in the coming years.
We will eventually have foldable phones, tablets, and even a transparent notepad. You just might be able to insert your folded phone in your wallet. So for now, you might not be coveting that Galaxy Round, but I have a feeling you might be desiring the Galaxy Round 3, or whatever they will be calling it. Hit the break for more images.
About a year and half ago a Samsung Galaxy Q surfaced, but at that time it was a lower-end QWERTY phone. Fast forward to now and it features a foldable dual Super AMOLED HD (1920 x 1080) display. This one recently hit the GLBenchmarks with the model GT-B9150, so it’s definitely in existence, but will it really be the first Samsung phone to feature a flexible display?
Other specs include an Exynos 5 dual core clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and a 3500mAh battery. It’s unclear of the screen(s) size, but in looking at the battery size, this won’t be small. It could come in at a total of 6-inches or two 3-inch displays. The most interesting news is that it’s rumored to be unveiled at MWC later this month. I’m not buying it. I think they might show a prototype, but Samsung would want their own event for something like this.