Samsung’s flexible smartphone to fold outward, expected to launch in Q3 2017: Report

Samsung could now be opting for a different technology, wherein the device would fold outward and when unfolded can be used as a 7-inch tablet.


Samsung has been long rumored to launch a smartphone with foldable display with patents and reports hinting on different designs and technology. Just a day earlier, there was a report saying that Samsung is prepping two foldable smartphones, the Galaxy X1 and the Galaxy X1 Plus. The design and technology shown were the smartphone having a bendable section in the middle and folding inward. The latest report now brings something different on the table and also suggests the timeline for its official launch. It is now said that the smartphone in question would have a display which will fold on the outside, giving it a display on the front and the back as well.

As reported by The Korean Herald, the foldable smartphone has a full display on the front which stretches on to the back as well. The fold-out smartphone can further be turned into a 7-inch tablet when unfolded. The report also says that Samsung began developing on this technology way back since August 2016, citing reasons of inconvenience for its users to unfold the phone every time they have to use it. In fact, the new design of folding the display seems rather interesting as it would play the role of both of a smartphone and a tablet. The smartphone when unfolded would turn into a tablet, making it useful for watching movies, videos, reading or playing games. Although, the size could be a matter of concern though, since smartphone companies are all vying for sleek and thin smartphones. And the thought of having a smartphone and tablet wrapped into one could lead to a bulky device, but that is just an assumption.

The decision to change its foldable smartphone’s design did not appear to be difficult for Samsung, and instead fared well for them, as the Korean publication quotes its sources as saying, “Since the company already secured fold-in phone technology, it was not a big challenge to shift into the fold-out phones.” It further quotes a source saying that Samsung would be rolling out more than 100,000 units of its fold-out smartphone in the third quarter this year. However, that may not be possible as some say that marketability and profitability issues will halt the unveiling of the device. Also, given the political turmoil, the South Korean giant is in, the launch could be delayed even more – “The final decision will be made after the personnel reshuffle of the company’s information technology and mobile communications unit is carried out.” ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy X1, Galaxy X1 Plus foldable smartphones leaked; here’s everything you need to know

For years now, Samsung and other smartphone companies have been developing foldable displays. We have even come across prototypes displayed at events, like Lenovo which showcased its future bendable smartphone and tablet at the Tech World 2016 event. Lenovo’s foldable smartphone can be simply worn on one’s wrist like a bracelet. Lenovo also showcased a tablet that can be folded down the middle and used like a large screened smartphone. ALSO READ: Lenovo just showed off a foldable smartphone, tablet and we want them!

Talking about the fold-out technology, Samsung is not the first company to start this, as its home competitor LG, had already been working on this since two to three years. It is also said that LG’s technology is way more advanced than Samsung’s. However, LG’s fold-out technology for smartphones could possibly be used by other companies such as Apple or Huawei and not by the parent company.

  • Published Date: January 12, 2017 2:45 PM IST