Samsung may release bendable smartphones next year
Two bendable smartphones rumours; one which folds and the other which expands into a tablet
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.