Samsung Readies Folding Phone Screens

Samsung Readies Folding Phone Screens
Samsung may launch the first smartphones with bendable screen technology as early as February 2017.

(CCM) — South Korean phone maker Samsung is planning to introduce two smartphones with folding OLED screens next year, according to Bloomberg sources. The first device will have a clamshell design with a bendable screen that folds in half like a cosmetic compact when the phone is closed. The second device will have a revolutionary hybrid design: when used as a phone it has a 5-inch display, but the screen unfolds to create a larger 8-inch display, enabling the device to be used as a tablet as well.

Codenamed "Project Valley," the two new folding devices could be ready for unveiling at Mobile World Congress, an annual industry exhibition and conference taking place every February in Barcelona.

Samsung is the world's largest supplier of OLED screens for mobile devices, and if the company's bendable screen technology is ready for release in February, the company could gain a significant advantage over rival smartphone maker Apple in the battle for customers. Apple is believed to be planning the release of phones featuring OLED screens later in the year.

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