Samsung is considering releasing two models of bendable phones in early 2017.
This innovation could booster Samsung’s market in a tech world that’s increasingly moving towards Apple’s iPhones.
“This product could be a game-changer if Samsung successfully comes up with a user interface suitable for bendable screens,” said Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities Co. in Seoul. “Next year is a probable scenario. Their biggest obstacle was related to making transparent plastics and making them durable, which seems resolved by now.”
A source who chose to remain anonymous told Bloomberg that two models would be released. The first model would look like a makeup compact with a snap shut mechanism.
The second model however will be different. It would feature a 5 inch screen that spreads out into a much larger 8-inch display – as large as a tablet.
The bendable phones are allegedly set to be unveiled as early as February 2017. This would most likely occur at the Mobile World Congress which is set to take place in Barcelona, Spain.
The screen makes use of the Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) which works without backlight and can be thinner and lighter than a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). It is also more flexible and energy-efficient than the LCD.
Samsung is the biggest supplier of OLED products. The company has also blazed the trail for unusual screen formats with its S6 Edge and its dual edge display.
Samsung is not the only mobile tech company looking at the possibility of bendable phones.
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Lenovo has released a prototype for bendable phone that snaps around the wrist like a bracelet, as well as a tablet that folds in half. The company has however stated that it is just a concept which is being looked into.
Also there has been talks of Samsung’s rival, Apple’s iPhone venturing into the flexible screen business. However, it has been said that Apple’s bendable phones might be a reality in 2018, thereby giving Samsung an edge if its bendable phones are released next year.