Samsung may release bendable smartphones next year

Two bendable smartphones rumours; one which folds and the other which expands into a tablet

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Samsung may release bendable smartphones next year The two devices will feature organic light-emitting diodes and could potentially be announced in February 2017 at Mobile World Congress (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 7, 2016

Samsung may unveil two smartphones with bendable screens in 2017, reports have claimed.

According to Bloomberg, one smartphone is said to fold in half, similar to a cosmetic compact, and the other will supposedly feature a 5-inch display which ‘unfurls' into a display as large as 8-inches, similar to a tablet. 

The two devices will feature organic light-emitting diodes and could potentially be announced in February 2017 at Mobile World Congress.

Reports have also emerged that Samsung's next Galaxy Note may skip a number and brand it as "Note 7", which will bring it in line with the Galaxy S smartphone range.

Furthermore, according to the initiative "Project Valley", a code name for new Samsung devices which dates back to 2015, the devices will not be part of the Galaxy S models.

This concept is not as far-fetched as it may seem; only last month Samsung showcased its foldable display technology as SID Display Week in San Francisco. Samsung revealed a screen that when fully opened was 5.7-inch 1080p display and only 0.3mm thin, which can be rolled into a tube with a 10mm radius.

Over the past few years, Samsung has filed numerous patents for foldable devices and flexible screens, and recently Patently Mobile revealed a Samsung-looking smartphone featuring a hinge in the middle. Despite the patents and showcase at SID Display Week, no confirmation has been provided by Samsung.

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