Flexible phones’ status as the smartphone world’s version of vapourware could be about to come to an end, with the news that Samsung has set a putative date for making them commercially available.
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung intimated it has readied foldable screens for possible release in 2015 at a presentation for analysts and investors. Journalists' attendance was completely verboten. We're sure it was nothing personal.
The news could bring an end to years of rumours that flexible smartphones are about to go from rumour-mill staple to reality.
To underline its serious intent, Samsung purportedly demonstrated two prototypes. One of which is a foldable phone. So far, so familiar from endless tech-site news items, right?
More intriguing by far, though, is a gadget that has phone-style dimensions but that unfolds to make a tablet.
Jae Lee an analyst with Daiwa Securities explained: "The first one they showed us was the size of an S III smartphone which can be folded in half from top to bottom. So like a compact powder used by women,”
“There was also one in the size of a lengthy wallet which can be unfolded on both sides into the size of a tablet computer.”
Until now, chatter about bendy screens has really only yielded the Samsung Galaxy Round as something tangible.
Although not foldable or even flexible, the Round features a curved display that cuts a dash, even if doesn’t really fulfil much of a practical purpose.