Samsung Rumored to Launch Fully Bendable Smartphones in 2017

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    Smartphone maker and display manufacturer Samsung is believed to launch a pair of smartphones in early 2017, each with a bendable OLED display. According to people familiar with the smartphones' development (via Bloomberg), the two devices could be unveiled as early as Q1 2017 -- potentially at Mobile World Congress in February -- and come in two different sizes, similar to that of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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    Bendable smartphone mockup by Samsung


    One phone would have a 5-inch screen when used in a normal handset fashion, and could then be opened to a tablet size that's "as large as 8 inches." The smaller alternative is estimated to be sized around a traditional modern 5-inch smartphone, but users would have the ability to fold it in half "like a cosmetic compact" to easily fit it into bags and pockets.
    Codenamed "Project Valley," the bendable smartphones won't be Samsung's new flagship devices, and are believed to be angled more as an experiment by the company to test the waters of user response to bendable screens. Because of this, the two new handhelds also won't fall under the Galaxy S line of phones currently running by Samsung, but will be newly named entries in its collection of smartphones.


    While not bendable, Apple's 2017 iPhone is expected to pack in a curved OLED display with an edge-to-edge, bezel-free design, similar to that of Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphone. Overall, Apple's "iPhone 8" is expected to be a huge update year for the company's smartphone, following 2016's internals-focused upgrade, so it'll be interesting to see how the the two handhelds fare against each other when they launch.

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    I hope this technology works. It would be awesome if we eventually saw an iPhone using it that when folded was about the 3.5" screen size of the 4S and could unfold to phablet size when needed.
     
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    Next week...

    "Apple Rumored to Launch Fully Bendable Smartphones in 2020"
     
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    And for Apple's big debut.... 2017 iPhone has THREE stereo speakers. Innovation, here we come.
     
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    Have to give credit where it's due. Great concept, hope it's implemented well. I would love to carry a normal sized phone in my pocket, then flip it open to watch a movie or read a book.
     
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    I bet Apple will beat Samsung in the watch strap market though
     
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    Hope this is true. Would be pretty neat. But bet the first gen devices will suffer many issues as they see real world wear and tear from daily users.
     
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    They even tried to copy the bendgate now?
    Just kidding
     
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    I could be tempted back to Samsung if these ever become a reality!
     
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    Yeah, who needs bendable screens when you have bendable watch bands? :D
     
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    I wonder how Samsung will implement battery life? Maybe two batteries?
     
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    Flimsy, bendable, plastic phones that have the fortitude of a candy wrapper. That's the future?
     
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    Interesting ideas, execution seems weird in those mockups, but if the screen work good then these type of devices will bring a new era to smartphones. There are two things to consider either the software needs to equal a laptop or the portability has to become better. One of these two will win first.

    I did laugh at the end, that chick has serious tech boners.
     
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    I can't wait to see this in the flesh, if it's still reasonably slim, i'll be impressed.
    right now i've got no use for it but it's interesting none the less
     
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    This will allow smartphones to become more compact, there are many possibilities - i.e., improved eBooks readers.. this all looks great.

    Meanwhile.. Apple will pushing a thinner, faster, and OLED display iPhone in 2017......
     
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    Interesting tech, but I don't want version 1.0 of this :)

    Right around the time Samsung finishes rolling out Marshmallow...
     
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    Base model has 1 speaker, 32gb model has 2, and 128gb has all three.
     
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    Wow this would really kill the iPhone, it would look like something from the last decade. It looks like Samsung has realized that, well, they are the technology developer, so they can blast apple by using more advanced technology.

    If well implemented I would switch to samsung for sure
     
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    I'd like to see one of these. Bendable OLED, how'd they do this?
     

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