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Samsung foldable smartphones slated for 2019 release

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 4, 2017, 6:28 pm IST
Updated Apr 4, 2017, 6:29 pm IST
Samsung’s foldable smartphones may not be commercialized until 2019.
A prototype of a foldable smartphone by Samsung (Photo: Screengrab)
 A prototype of a foldable smartphone by Samsung (Photo: Screengrab)

Now that Samsung has announced its new flagship, Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Korean giant can now focus on its other smartphone projects. While the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive later this year, there are reports about another exiting device that the company is working on.

Samsung is most likely working on foldable AMOLED display, that’s been under development for quite some time now. Previous leaks suggested that the production of foldable prototypes might start in Q3 this year, while the device will be unveiled in 2018. However, Samsung’s Display principal engineer stated that foldable smartphones may not be commercialized until 2019.

 

“Because the bezel-free display currently sells well, we still have enough time to develop foldable display. The technology is expected to be mature around 2019,” said Kim Tae-woong, Samsung Display’s principal engineer.

Most likely, single foldable smartphones would be unveiled first, while multi-foldable devices will be introduced later. Samsung might have already developed a prototype of a foldable smartphone and showcased it during the MWC 2017 to a very limited number of partners.

Other tech giants such as Apple, LG are also allegedly working on foldable displays. Apple patented the concept of a foldable iPhone, while LG is currently working on a display with the capacity to fold in half. It remains to be seen which company launches its foldable display smartphone first.

 

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