News by Luke Jones on Wednesday November 19, 2014.
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Last week we showed you LG's road map to have bending foldable smartphones (and other products) by 2017, but it seems the company's compatriot Samsung is going to move quicker than that. Samsung is of course one of the leading lights in this tech, with the company's Project YOUM and current Galaxy Note Edge smartphone are paving the way in this field.Of course, the leap from the rigid Note Edge with a two sided folded screen to a device that is actually flexible, can bend and be rolled, and looks like hard paper is a big one. However, Samsung is confident it is a step it can take during 2015, meaning we could see a device of this nature either by the end of the year or early 2016.
We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 [flexible displays each month] by the end of next year," Samsung Display vice president of business strategic team Lee Chang-hoon said at Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York. "There will be no company [except Samsung] that has this great production capacity by 2016. "We plan to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year. However, nothing has been decided on the finished product," the exec added.Lee also said that more devices in the vein of the Note Edge could also be built, but it would depend on what the consumer wants.
Consumers' preference will decide whether one side will become the band, or either sides. We are prepared to make customised designed products based on consumer needs," the exec said.So flexible smartphones by next year? Sounds good to me as I think it will be a milestone moment in mobile tech and will usher in a new phase in the industry. The only thing remains is whether Samsung gets there first or whether other companies will beat them to it and are just not being vocal about it.
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