Bloomberg: Samsung to launch two fully bendable phones in early-2017

By , Jun 7, 2016

Samsung flexible display promo (image 001)

Samsung could release a pair of smartphones early next year capable of bending and folding in half “like a cosmetic compact,” without damage, and one of them should be a five-inch model that could be opened to an eight-inch tablet size, Bloomberg reported this morning, citing unnamed people familiar with the project.

Project Valley

Code-named “Project Valley,” the new phones won’t be marketed under the Galaxy S moniker because the South Korean firm does not see these bendable smartphones as its next-generation flagship devices.

Moxi Group, a Chinese company based in Chongqing, has shown off a bendable phone with black and white screens, said Bloomberg.

Samsung Galaxy Flexi?

The two aforementioned phones would use flexible AMOLED screens.

Samsung has been testing the commercial viability of the technology for two years with its multi-sided Galaxy Edge smartphones. The article speculates that commercializing bendable phones would increase Samsung’s chances of securing orders for these screens from Apple.

“This product could be a game-changer if Samsung successfully comes up with a user interface suitable for bendable screens,” said Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities in Seoul.

“Next year is a probable scenario. Their biggest obstacle was related to making transparent plastics and making them durable, which seems resolved by now.”

Here’s Samsung conceptual video created in 2014 which envisions flexible smartphone and tablet concepts for the future.

Samsung may also name the next Note as the “Note 7,” skipping a number in order “to bring it in line with its flagship Galaxy S smartphone range,” one of the sources told Bloomberg.

The future is around the corner

Considering Samsung is said to launch the fully bendable smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress, which runs from February 27 through March 2, 2017, the South Korean firm hopes to steal some of Apple’s thunder.

Next year, Apple is said to release a tenth-anniversary ‘iPhone 8’ which should switch to AMOLED screens and may even adopt an edge-to-edge, bezel-less appearance that would have the Home button, Touch ID, the front-facing camera and sensors all integrated into the display itself.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Jim Hart

    Say what you want about Samsung, Apple isn’t innovating like this any more and Apple used to be the leaders.

    • Rowan09

      LG did the flex which was years ago and they also made an OLED 18 inch display that can roll up like paper which would be good for traveling. I just don’t see a reason to have a fully bendable phone, especially since phones are pretty small and easy to carry around. If you want to give the innovation award give it to LG for doing it first not Samsung. It’s just like a have the S7 Edge and the Edge is basically useless, you can achieve the same to similar results without one.

      • Nallaikkumaran

        Hello, LG copycat from Samsung. Edge is basically useless???, You are a iFool.

      • Rowan09

        The Flex came out before the Edge. The S6 Edge was the first Edge device and I’m an ifool with a S7 Edge as well. Please explain all these needed usage for the Edge that couldn’t be accomplished with the S7 just using the edge of the screen?

      • Mike

        Samsung S7 edge and LG flex aren’t fully bendable… so Samsung would still be getting the innovation award… Also Samsung showed off bendable screens in CES 2013 which is in January and the LG G Flex came out on November 12, 2013.

      • Rowan09

        LG has a bendable monitor already on the market. Showing future products doesn’t mean anything until it’s released to the public.

      • TechToch

        FYI the first bendable screen was made by Sony in 2006 and the video is available on youtube and the first phone with double edge screen was made by LG, it’s called LG dual Round

  • Vince Reedy

    Didn’t Apple do this with the iphone 6+?

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      Mind blown lol

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  • Yujin

    How many times can you fold it like a real pice of paper? Roll and fold are two different things. Just look at what happens to paper when it folds a few times.

    • Bill

      Roll the maps!!

  • Anonymous

    I seen this technology use of a ted talk awhile back. Pretty cool to see it come to market.

  • ravinigga

    How nice and sound good, but the question is do u USe iT?

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Not related to this topic!
    After 10 years when all phones are un-breakable, Samsung will make *drumroll* BREAKABLE PHONES.