Samsung will show off a completely foldable tablet at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, reports suggest. But only to a select band of business partners and approved scribes.
The gadget-maker has form with flexible devices. Before the arrival of the Korea-only Galaxy Round last year, Samsung had shown off prototype bendy smartphones at trade shows for years.
But it’s about to go one better at MWC, it seems, with a slate that can be folded up to 90 degrees. This means it can effectively double as a laptop, with the lower half becoming a virtual keyboard, according to sources cited by Korean tech news site ET News.
Whether Samsung will allow tech press to photograph or video the slate is anyone’s guess. But naturally if we get to go beyond the velvet rope at MWC, we’ll try and bring you some snaps of the unnamed bendable, poseable tablet. NDA permitting, natch.
Even less certain than whether the tablet will be available for photos, though, is whether there’s a market for flexi-tech, especially after the Galaxy Round failed to capture punters’ imaginations in Samsung’s domestic market.
Apparently, after 40 days of release it sold just 10,000 units. To put that in some kind of perspective, the Galaxy Note 3 did 500,000 in the same timeframe. Even the unheralded Galaxy Vega managed to rack up 200,000 sales.
The real focus at MWC, though, will be on the Galaxy S5, which is being showcased on February 24th and is purported to feature a metal frame, fingerprint scanning security tech and a slightly larger screen.
For a comprehensive look at what to expect from the S5, check out our rumours round-up.