Samsung Announces Plans for Galaxy Note Smartphone With Bendable Display in 2018

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Ahead of the iPhone X unveiling, and the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 on Friday, Samsung today made a few announcements at a press event in Seoul, South Korea. The company said that it aims for the next iteration of the Galaxy Note to be bendable in some capacity, with the goal of launching sometime next year (via The Associated Press).

Samsung Electronics mobile business president Koh Dong-jin confirmed the company's plans, saying it's looking at a 2018 release date for "a smartphone with a bendable display." The president also commented that there are "several hurdles" Samsung has to overcome to implement a smartphone with a bendable screen, so the company is leaving itself room to push back the 2018 release if it needs to.

A bendable smartphone mockup by Samsung


Similar reports about bendable smartphones from Samsung have come out in the past, but the company has yet to officially launch such a device.
Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display. But he said there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.

"As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," he told reporters. "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product."
What those issues might be were not detailed, but analysts watching the company pointed out that mass production on a premium smartphone with a bendable display and a thin body "will take time." Rumors surrounding Samsung's entry into the bendable smartphone market have been swirling for the past few years. In late 2016, reports even began citing Apple's interest in the technology for future iPhones, which could be sourced from LG.

Koh further commented about Samsung's plans to launch a smart home speaker in partnership with Harman, which will allow users to talk to an artificial intelligence assistant -- likely Bixby -- to control the device and perform various tasks. A release date or design details for the Samsung speaker were not given. Later today, Apple may reveal more information about its own smart speaker, the HomePod, which it announced in June for a December release.

Despite the Galaxy Note 8's expensive price tag (about $930 in the United States), Samsung has said that pre-orders were the highest ever for the Note smartphone line, "beating its predecessor Note 7 over five days by about 2.5 times." Samsung's announcements come a few hours ahead of Apple's big media event, where the Cupertino company will debut the significantly redesigned OLED iPhone X.

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Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display.
Now That's what you call "Think Different". Edit :- Actually i am genuinely curios to know how this display will work.
 
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Serious question: What are the main reasons one would want a foldable phone?
Ergonomics. Imagine having a device that go from being a full fledged tablet to a phone to an even more portable form like a smart watch? That's futuristic sci fi type of stuff in mind. Here is a step towards innovation and some growing pains to get there. Samsung is ahead of the hardware curve.
 
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Ok this is cool and all but what about the long term effects on the screen from folding/unfolding all day, without a hinge? If the flex or pixels change at all over time then that's a red flag, isn't it? Mind you, if anyone can do it, it would be Samsung.
 

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I'm not surprised that Samsung would go for it because they've been working on this for a long time. If they manage to pull this off for next year's release, Tim Cook's career, or Jony's, is over. It'll be interesting to see how Apple will react or pooh pooh it.

I'm rooting for Samsung to get it out there, even though I don't own their phone products. While Apple sits pretty, Samsung plows through to 'make it happen' without waiting to 'get it right'.
 
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Ergonomics. Imagine having a device that go from being a full fledged tablet to a phone to an even more portable form like a smart watch? That's futuristic sci fi type of stuff in mind. Here is a step towards innovation and some growing pains to get there. Samsung is ahead of the hardware curve.
Publicly stating future intentions doesn’t make somebody “ahead of the curve.” Delivering on those intentions would. You’ll have to wait a year or more for a chance at your statement being accurate.
 
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I'm rooting for Samsung to get it out there, even though I don't own their phone products. While Apple sits pretty, Samsung plows through to 'make it happen' without waiting to 'get it right'.
Because Apple has no core competencies in bendable displays. They are happy with Samsung spending billions of dollars to develope an untested technology. There's zero risk to Apple. If Samsung (or LG) is able to make an effective mass produced bendable screen, Apple will happily buy tens of millions of them. They are literally doing that with Samsung's OLED tech. There's no reason they wouldn't do the same with bendable screens. Take Samsungs technology, and use it better.