We have been led to believe that in future, smartphones and other gadgets will have bendable, flexible and foldable displays in the next few years, but a new report from the Far East claims that the reality may come sooner than we think.
Foldable displays a reality by 2016
“The industry believes that the commercialisation of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016”, a Samsung official apparently told Business Korea, in a manner that makes it seem like it’s just around the corner.
So in just a year you might be able to roll up your smartphone and put it in your pocket. That is a claim that has been making the rounds for years, however newer smartphones like the LG G Flex 2 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are inching ever closer to that reality.
Perhaps someone forgot however, that even though we may be able to produce flexible, foldable displays, unless the entire electronics of a gadget an bend, the implementation may prove rather difficult.
See-through smartphones and TVs
The same report in BusinessKorea provides more information about progress on completely transparent displays. The technology has already made its way to planes, luxury cars and even some state-of-the-art billboard signs, but it’s now also on the way to smartphones and tablets.
“The development of display technology that creates a virtual space on glass is already completed, and even a promotional prototype is available”, according to an LG official. “However, it will take time until the product becomes commercialized due to mass production according to demand and stable supply”.
The foldable tablet concept seems more interesting however than a see-through display, but both technologies certainly provide food for thought – and could offer some really wacky devices and concepts in flagship smartphones during 2016 and beyond.