Samsung will launch the first-ever flexible screen-toting smartphone in a matter of days, comments from the company’s CEO indicate.
JK Shin, co-CEO at Samsung Electronics, told reporters in Korea that the tech giant will unveil a new smartphone next week. Previously, Samsung has admitted it is working on a smartphone with a flexible display and that it’s due to arrive in October.
Tech watchers forecast that the as-yet-unnamed handset will be a variant of the Galaxy S4 Activ – a kit aimed at the toughphone-fancying, adventure-sports market. The screen’s bendy qualities will likely be touted as making it more robust than rivals.
Like the existing Activ, it is expected to be water and dust-resistant and pack a special camera equipped for underwater photography.
Samsung is known to have been investigating bendy screens for years now, having showcased a number of concept-level flexi-phones at trade shows. The forthcoming handset would, however, be the first to make it to market.
Industry sages also forecast that flexi take on the Galaxy S4 Activ will be made in very limited quantities.
This is apparently because of “low production yields” and the need to test the water before fully committing to the technology.