* Foldable smartphones and tablet may be on their way to the mass market
* Samsung engineers estimate the technology is to be “mature,” by 2019
* Samsung leads the market for bendable display technology
We all had a flip-phone growing up, but what if your phone could actually fold in half? According to new reports, foldable smartphones and tablets may be making their way into your hands very soon. A Samsung engineer tells the Korea Herald that technology and designs for foldable smartphone displays are on the way to the mainstream market. “Because the bezel-free display currently sells so well, we still have enough time to develop foldable display[s],” Samsung display engineer, Kim Tae-woong, revealed to the Herald. “The technology is expected to be mature around 2019.”
Last June, rumors began to circulate speculating that Samsung would release a foldable smartphone in February 2017, after a report from Bloomberg detailed the suspected release. The alleged foldable phone — apparently code-named “Project Valley” — was never launched, but Tae-woong’s recent comments suggest the company is getting warmer, but taking their time for development.
Interest in bendable displays is still growing, so Samsung has time to develop the technology. While newer Apple smartphones come in larger sizes, the “Plus”-sized phones have generated complaints (especially with male consumers) because the phones don’t fit in pant pockets and are difficult to hold in your hand.
Samsung’s delayed release may be due to the fact that the one major advantage the company has over their biggest rival, Apple, is that they are regarded as the leading brand in bendable displays. Apple, on the other hand has strictly limited their smartphone and tablet displays to bezeled glass. Perfecting the technology prior to releasing the foldable phone may be a good idea for Samsung, especially after recent controversies regarding the defective batteries and security issues with their newest smartphone Galaxy S8, which launches next month.