Samsung might release foldable screen device within the year

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It's been teasing a foldable device for many years now (see 2014 concept below) but the feat of actually producing one that's durable and functionally innovative enough to commercially release has clearly been too challenging - at least, up until this point. Samsung purportedly showed off a foldable smartphone in a private meeting with select clients at CES this year.

Samsung's DJ Koh said the company would launch a foldable phone this year.

While Koh suggested that more details about the device would likely be revealed in November, coinciding with Samsung's developer conference, he did not indicate when the device would be unveiled.

Koh explained that the development process has been "complicated" but that it's "nearly concluded" it, CNBC said.




This time around, however, Samsung can't afford to postpone the phone again, as Huawei is equally interested in announcing a foldable of its own. That's why Samsung is now trying to differentiate the mid-section because the idea is to deliver meaningful innovation to these customers. The device allegedly has a 7.3-inch foldable display panel. He also hinted that the "unfolded" mode will provide benefits that go beyond having a tablet-sized screen, but didn't elaborate on what these benefits might be.

The news comes in addition to promises from Samsung to bring more cutting edge features to mid-range handsets, in an attempt to appeal to the millenial demographic, who want something for nothing, as usual. Cuh.

Smartphones have become a bit predictable in the past few years, leaving consumers craving something new to send them running to stores for an upgrade.

There's a race on to introduce the world's first folding smartphone, and Samsung appears committed to winning. The third screen is located on the opposite side and allows you to access certain functions when the phone is folded. "So when the end customer uses it, (they think) 'wow, this is the reason Samsung made it, '" he added.

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