Large screens on our phones are great but sometimes they feel too big to fit in our pockets or bags but luckily things may be about to change.
It seems that Samsung have been developing a ‘Foldable Valley’ phone that looks set to be released later this year to grab some of the attention that will inevitably be received by Apple’s iPhone 8.
The ‘iPhone Edition’ is expected to be released in September with Samsung predicted to unveil their foldable device a few days earlier in Berlin at the IFA show.
It is believed that the as yet unnamed device, although codenamed ‘Foldable Valley’ was showcased to a select few at MWC 2017 with Samsung keen to avoid any leaks.
Lat year Samsung patented a radical design that allowed the device to fold in two and could easily turn into a tablet once unfolded.
The Korean news site ETNews says that the product is known internally as a ‘smartlet’ and will have a 7-inch screen that becomes a 5-inch device when folded, making use of bendy plastic screens.
The device is on track for release later this year and Lee Chang-hoon, director of Samsung’s Display division saying last year that “development of Foldable OLED is taking place according to our plan…We are planning on mass-production and release this product by discussing with our partners.”
According to the latest report the new device is likely to be a high end smartphone.
“Samsung Electronics is working on making [the]appearance of its foldable smartphone more luxurious and elegant as it is an ultra-premium smartphone. Although its goal was to provide prototypes of this smartphone in [the]first quarter, it has delayed timing as it has invested more time into raising [the]quality of the entire product. Its strategy is to introduce a high-tech product that is one step higher than regular flagship smartphones,” ETNews reported.
Speaking to ETNews, an unnamed industry analyst is quoted as saying: “Although Samsung needs to implement qualities that correspond to its brand image, it is paying careful attention to Chinese companies as it looks not to lose ‘world’s first foldable Smartphone’ title to Chinese companies.”
Reports from last year also claimed Samsung was working on a foldable smartphone, with some reports saying the Korean tech giant was testing two versions of the device – one with a Snapdragon 620 processor and another with a Snapdragon 820. Both versions are expected to have 3GB of RAM and a high-resolution screen.
LG are believed to be trialing something very similar so it may be a battle for who releases their device first.