Samsung plotting 'ultra-premium' foldable smartphone for 2018?

Mar 16, 2017, 00:08

Earlier this year, it was rumoured that Samsung would be showing off a foldable smartphone concept to some industry clients at Barcelona's MWC 2017 tradeshow in February. Samsung usually introduces the Galaxy Note series, but that does not exclude the possibility of having a foldable smartphone presented to the crowd, or at least tease one for a later date.

Mass production of foldable smartphones could follow in 2018, barring any external interferences.

When prototypes pass standards of quality and performance and seem to be able to induce certain amount of demands from markets, Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display are going to decide to mass-produce them officially. Recent reports suggest that numerous Chinese display panel makers are also now committing more resources to their efforts of developing a prototype of a foldable smartphone panel. Although its goal was to provide prototypes of this smartphone in [the] first quarter, it has delayed timing as it has invested more time into raising [the] quality of the entire product. The company has already faced some challenges with the development of the foldable phones.

According to an article at BGR, the unnamed foldable smartphone will be a step above compared to regular flagship handsets which will deliver a luxurious design and high quality beyond anything Samsung has done so far - an ultra-premium smartphone.

Each panel manufacturer is planning to supply prototypes of panels for foldable Smartphones from its flexible OLED mass-production line. Samsung will develop thousands of units of the prototype.

Samsung has already shown the foldable screen technology that has four different modes - rollable, bent, curved, and foldable. The report also says that Chinese companies are also very interesting in pursuing the foldable smartphone niche. The company will reportedly start producing “thousands of prototypes” in the third quarter of 2017. Since China is a late starter in both display and Smartphone industries, it can become a leading country in displays and Smartphones by securing "world's first foldable Smartphone" title.

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