Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Seoul, South Korea (4E) – Samsung might reveal a working model of its much-hyped and much-anticipated bendable — or is it dual-screen –smartphone in time for the holiday season.
Samsung Mobile Division CEO DJ Koh hinted the foldable might be unveiled at Samsung’s developer conference in November. Koh, however, didn’t specify if the foldable will hit retail shelves this year.
He did say Samsung’s first OLED bendable display phone has been “complicated” to develop. It’s been six years since a prototype of this phone was first revealed and the word “complicated” seems to be an understatement. Rumors have it the foldable will be launched under the Samsung Galaxy Note line.
There’s also confusion if the phone to be revealed will be a true bendable phone that can be rolled, or a dual-screen device that bends in the middle like an old-fashioned flip-phone (think Nokia 6350 Flip-Phone). It’s likely something along the lines of the latter but won’t be a flip-phone, according to a number of meda reports.
Koh said the experience of using a foldable phone will be different from how consumers use a tablet and will need to be something better. This statement sort of seems to indicate a phone with a flexible screen that can be bent along the middle.
Both versions of the phone were featured in a 2014 video teasing the Samsung Flexible OLED Display Phone and Tab Concept. The upcoming phone to be revealed in November might be one of the two concepts shown in the video.
You can view the video here:
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