Foldable Smartphones by Next Year


There are reports of bendable and foldable screens. For several years now we have heard and been promised so, but a new report coming out of South Korea suggests that they might finally be close to becoming a reality.

“The industry believes that the commercialisation of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016,” according to a statement by a Samsung official to Business Korea, in a rather matter-of-fact way. In just 12 months you could be rolling up your smartphone to put in your pocket.

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That’s a claim we’ve heard more than once in the past, but as new smartphones such as the LG G Flex 2 and Samsung S6 Edge prove, the technology is now more viable than ever.

See-through smartphones
The same report also provides an update on transparent displays. The technology is already used in planes, luxury cars and state-of-the-art billboards, and is on its way to smartphones and tablets too.
“The development of display technology that creates a virtual space on glass is already completed, and even a promotional prototype is available,” a senior LG official is quoted as saying. “However, it will take time until the product becomes commercialized due to mass production according to demand and stable supply.”

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The idea of being able to fold up a tablet sounds more interesting to us than seeing the pavement while we walk along texting, but both technologies are worth keeping tabs on – they’re in line to offer something really out-of-the-ordinary in the flagships of 2016 and beyond.


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