Samsung’s first smartphone with a foldable display might launch in January

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by jamezr, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. jamezr, Sep 15, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2015

    jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    Samsung’s first smartphone with a foldable display might launch in January

    This looks so very interesting!!!!!
  2. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    That is cool and all but I personally dont think I would want a phone with a foldable screen. I dont care about their edge screens either though but good to see them pushing tech in mobile though
  3. epicrayban macrumors 604


    Nov 7, 2014
    Cool stuff but not something I'd invest in for the first generation. It'll be very interesting to see where this grows and developes into of course.
  4. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Sign me up! I'm a sucker for new stuff like this.

    Personally, I'm bored with the current slab smartphones. It's time for something different.
  5. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011
    I'm going to wait for MRU to get it first to try it out for the rest of us.
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
  7. Robstevo macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2014
    It would be amazing if It was anything like they showed a few years ago:
    A complete game changer it would be, And unless other companies have been working on foldable screens, It would be an idea and market noone else would be able to catch up to for years to come.

    Attached Files:

  8. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I think it's a brilliant idea.

    A screen on the outside, so that you can use it as a traditional one-handed phone.

    Flip it open to use it as a great landscape consumption device.
  9. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    I do hope they do launch it. They will lead another market then like they did with phablets.
    It should make for a much more capable device too with all that screen real estate.
  10. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    This is the next revolution. What's the last paradigm change we had, maybe the iPad replacing laptops? Something like this will replace smartphones and tablets in one fell swoop. Of course it depends on how they implement it, if it will be chunky, if it will have a seam, etc. But if they get it right then it's a game changer.
  11. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
  12. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    If this takes off and other manufactures follow, it will be the end of small tablets, and larger tablets might only be worth producing.
  13. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    If anything something like this would kill the phablet, replacing it with what is essentially a two page book with a screen on it. I would welcome it as the phablet as it is is a ridiculous device category.
  14. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    This seems too extreme for this coming January. Not that I'd mind. They're barely at bezel-less phones, let alone this. Perhaps it will still happen, but I doubt it will look like that mockup.
  15. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    That's a direct prototype from Samsung though, and been out for awhile. So any release version would most likely look better.
  16. kdarling, Sep 20, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2015

    kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Other display makers have been working on foldable screens, although Samsung has been the most public about showing off prototypes.

    Also, we can bet that Samsung Electronics would be happy to sell as many as they can to anyone :)

    However, the manufacturing difficulty is what will keep it exclusive for a while. Samsung has said they'll probably only be able to produce about 40,000 folding displays a month at first. That's a tiny amount, so they'll no doubt start out as very expensive to buy.

    From looking at Samsung patents, that design is probably pretty close, albeit thinner.

    Basically the trick is to make the fold go in as big a curve as possible, to prevent early circuit destruction.

    So Samsung has designed cases that are wedge shaped (the display fold goes at the thicker edge) so the inside display can fold easier.

    ("Fold" is perhaps the wrong word here. They're bending the display over in a curve, not a sharp crease.)
  17. Klyster macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2013
    Apparently LG are supplying their partners with flexible screens.

    I can't wait to see what these companies come up with...
  18. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    This is what I would want. A 7.6-inch 4:3 tablet, which can be folded in half to make the screen curve around the back, like two Note Edge screens together. This would seemingly make 2 5.5-inch 3:2 screens, and you can use either one of them. In this mode you can do some quick checking, snap a photo (of course, you would only need one camera), and pocket it.
    I've been speculating about a foldable tablet since the original iPad came out. And this could actually happen.
  19. hot spare macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
    I think Graphene will play some vital role in this. I need to study more about this material, being too lazy now :(

Share This Page