If you’ve remembered that Samsung has a concept wherein smartphones were foldable years ago, well that may no longer be a concept according to report. In accordance to ETNews, a Korean news site, the South Korean tech giant is apparently starting to mass produce what is called the “smartlet” by this year, and it will up for a 2017 release.
Samsung is Apparently Already Mass Producing a Foldable Phone
So the question here is, what is the Samsung Smartlet? To put it simply, it is a smartphone that has a folding screen. It can turn into a tablet when you unfurl it. Lee Chang-hoon, the director of the company’s Display division, stated the following in a call with investors back in January of this year: “Development of Foldable OLED is taking place according to our plan…We are planning on mass-production and release this product by discussing without partners.”
However, it would seem that the Samsung director is speaking more of a foldable display rather than a foldable smartphone. His statement doesn’t really confirm if the company is working on a foldable smartphone, and only that they are working on a foldable display.
Still, ETNews claims that they have spoken with a reliable source that is familiar with the aforementioned foldable mobile device. At the moment, there is still no official name for the foldable smartphone but the Korean news site believes that it will have a 5-inch screen when it is folded into a smartphone, and will sport 7-inches when the screen is unfolded.
It is still also unclear how the device will work but it might work just like a book. Opening “the book” will make use of the 7-inch tablet whereas the book’s front cover will be that of the 5-inch smartphone display. It is also possible that users may need to reorient themselves on how to hold the device when it is used as a smartphone or as a tablet.
As of late, the only screens capable of being bent and still being able to function are OLED screens found in curved displays. The company is known to be very fond of the curved nature of displays as this technology is predominantly found in their television sets and Galaxy Edge smartphones.
So why is Samsung working on a foldable smartphone? Well, why not? If a phone can be made smaller and larger at will, then it will amount to numerous possibilities in terms of portability. It can also mean that you only need to purchase one gadget, adjust the screen size, and you’ve got a 2-in-1 unit at the palm of your hands.