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Samsung Is Finally Launching Its Foldable Phone This Year

By Monica U Santos , Jan 12, 2017 06:43 AM EST
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Samsung is reportedly planning to unveil a smartphone with a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, and this time it is for real.

Samsung Is Finally Launching Its Foldable Phone This Year

This year is Apple iPhone's 10th year anniversary and many people are waiting for the most-anticipated iPhone 8 to be unveiled later this year. But Samsung doesn't want to be behind this happening. That is why the company decided to finally launch its foldable phone, and that will happen this year also.

According to Mashable, a report claims that Samsung might produce more than 100,000 pieces of the "fold-out devices" in Q3 of this year. Samsung is also said to have rejected "fold-in" phone with screens that tuck in, citing their inconvenience. Instead, a "fold-out" phone, which has been rumored various times last year, is to be codenamed as Samsung Galaxy X and will reportedly have a display that faces outward when folded.

“Since the company already secured fold-in phone technology, it was not a big challenge to shift into the fold-out phones,” a source told The Korea Herald. Samsung began the development of the fold-out technologies around August last year, deeming that users may find it very inconvenient to unfold the phones every time they want to use them.

Many suggest that the new Samsung smartphone could fold out into a 7-inch tablet once ‘opened’. Forbes reported that the new foldable phone is thin on technical details but previous patents and leaks provided a better image of what to expect. The main thing about the Samsung's foldable phone is that the display is likely to be OLED, Samsung revealed its rollable OLED display tech at SID last year.

LG Electronics As The Rival Of Samsung

Samsung’s rival, which is LG Electronics, is also expected to produce more than 100,000 pieces of foldable devices in the fourth quarter of this year. In fact, LG started the development of the fold-out technology 2 to 3 years ago, and currently has more advanced technology than compared to Samsung. But unlike Samsung, which is the first to adopt their new technology into its own products such as the Galaxy series, LG Electronics may use the technology for other global clients such as Apple or Huawei.

 

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