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Foldable smartphones could be coming next year

Foldable smartphone concept render
Foldable smartphone concept
Reports from South Korea claim that first foldable smartphones from Samsung will hit the market in 2016, while first such tablets could arrive before the end of this year.

After curved display devices (especially smartphones) which are slowly gaining ground, the next in line are foldable screens. Reports claimed that Samsung has unveiled its first foldable display back in 2014 at CES, during a closed doors event. Now, a report from South Korea reveals that this technology is on its way to mass production.

In an article published earlier today, Business Korea quotes a Samsung Display official who said "The industry believes that the commercialization of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016." In the same piece of news, an official from LG Display reveals they have completed a promotional prototype of "display technology that creates a virtual space on glass."

LG and Samsung control half of the global display market and, as these new technologies become mainstream, some of the older ones become available in new classes of devices and they get cheaper as well. Such products that may soon become more popular (and more affordable) include transparent refrigerators, car heads-up display systems, flexible laptops and monitors, as well as foldable e-books and tablets that could finally substitute paper publications.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-24 (Update: 2015-03-24)