The Foldable Smartphones Of The Future

In the age of technology, smartphones are improving at the blink of an eye. However, the same cannot be generally applied to the design of the phone. However, a foldable smartphone could be the game-changer and could be drastically different from the existing conventional smartphone designs. LG and Samsung have already ventured into this technology of foldable display and probably, by this year, we may get to see the first of its kind. Here’s the list of the smartphone companies which are currently working on the same.

Samsung 

Samsung foldable

Tech giant Samsung had already ideated about bendable smartphones sometime in 2013 and had put the foldable phone sample at a private screening of CES 2014. The company was rumoured to had had been developing a bendable smartphone under the codename Project Valley. However, later it was publicized that the phone will be exposed under the name of Galaxy X, albeit, it isn’t confirmed yet. The device may also turn into a 7-inch tablet and could be released in Q3 OR Q4 of this year.

Apple 

Apple foldable

Apple, for the first time is expected to be using an OLED display technology.  In a note to the investors, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri has hinted at Apple’s release of an iPhone 8 which may have a “flex screen”. But these are just plans of developing “Flexible Electronics Device” which might not materialise into reality.

LG

LG foldable

LG is rumoured to expose its foldable smartphone only after Samsung brings it to the market. The company is believed to be releasing 100,000 bendable devices in the Q4 of 2017.  LG had already started working on the fold-out technology about two to three years back and it is rumoured again that their technology apparently beats Samsung and also that their foldable screens might be used by other companies such as Huawei and Apple. LG was awarded sometime back with a patent for a “Mobile Phone” feature which allows the upper side of the smartphone to fold. The patent was filed on January 7, 2015 and was accepted in January 2017.

Microsoft

Microsoft Foldable

Microsoft isn’t working on just a strategy for foldable designs, the Redmond-based company was infact awarded a patent which indicates a device that’s able to be used in multiple modes. Whether it is a fold over a hinge or a tent-form like a convertible laptop, even a bendable smartphone could be one of the possible ways to catch the attention.

Foldable smartphones are no longer a part of science fiction and looking at these patents and investments by major tech giants on this subject makes it quite clear that foldable smartphones are on its way to become reality soon.

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by techtalks @TechTalks February 21, 2017 12:10 PM UTC

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