Samsung is preparing to unveil a device with folding screen which will reveal to the customers to the end of the year. According to a news spread by ZDNet citing the company’s vice president of business strategic team Lee Chang-hoon, the South Korean tech giant is planning to show off a such product in the coming weeks.
Also Lee mention that Samsung will start mass production of such folding screens which will start in the next year with a monthly rate of 30-40,000 units. The displays could fold up in a half or in a third. Imagine to have a 6-inch phablet just fold it and slip it to your front pocket as a ordinary small mobile phone.
“We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 folding screens each month by the end of next year,” said Lee Chang-hoon, vice president of business strategic team, Samsung Display, during Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York. “There will be no company, except Samsung, that has this great production capacity by 2016.”
“We plan to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year”, added Lee. But he underline that nothing has been decided on the finished product for the moment.
In a couple of months ZDNet also reported that Samsung already is working on this project and sowed off some preliminary drawings of a possible device. It looked like a folding tablet into a smartphone. But it folding screen can bend on a specific spots. So for now it is unknown what kind of technology is using Samsung for it.
And there is an another thing. ZDNet said that we might see a folding screen, but also Samsung exec mentions flexible display. So it might be a flexible AMOLED device or a flexible screen into a more hard frame that make a folding option easy and steady. For now it is hard to guess which option will be.
This is the idea of the South Korean company which boost efforts to retain its leading position in the smartphone market. But Samsung’s local competitor – LG – is also researching into the folding screens. But their efforts are more focused on a very thin plastic OLEDs, and not as much on a possible bulky devices which can be fold in a very specific spots.
Nevertheless both concepts sounds intriguing. Next year will be clash of the devices with folding screens. And let the better South Korean wins.
Launch for the end of 2014 – 15%
For a mass production in 2015 – 65%
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