The ETNews reported that Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics are in the final stages of development for its foldable device.
While Samsung has been hinting at a foldable smartphone in the offing for years now, there's no proof of a concrete development. The Korean company plans to position this new form factor at the top of its product line, above current flagships, according to an ETNews report. Samsung will develop thousands of units of the prototype. We already have seen some of them in real life, but now the Korean company reportedly will have a working prototype of a smartphone, sources suggest. When prototypes are produced during third quarter, it is likely that official mass-production will take place in 2018.
Chinese display makers BOE, Visionox, and AUO have invested heavily into R&D in order to catch up with Samsung, the undisputed leader in OLED and flexible OLED technology.
When Will Mass Production Begin?
Since the expected production is in the third quarter of 2017, we can guess that Samsung could possibly showcase the new foldable smartphone at IFA 2017. Ever since then, we've been hearing rumors claiming foldable smartphones are just around the corner.
When prototypes pass standards of quality and performance and seem to be able to induce certain amount of demands from markets, Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display are going to decide to mass-produce them officially.
Samsung already introduced foldable screen tech that has four phases: curved, bent, foldable and rollable.
Though the idea of foldable smartphones is something to look forward to and will surely garner a lot of attention, the constant delay has put the excitement at rest. It's unclear at this time what the first foldable smartphone from Samsung will have to offer other than the foldable OLED display itself. The Seoul-based company allegedly wanted to produce thousands of prototypes by the end of the first quarter of the year but made a decision to postpone its ambitions in order to secure enough time and resources to improve the overall quality of its experimental product.