Just days after Samsung’s in-the-works flexible phone allegedly got certified, a new report has some key details about how it’ll work. It seems the company has chosen to focus on in-folding displays rather than out-folding ones.
Samsung’s roadmap to this point has been pretty confusing by all accounts. It apparently started out by concentrating on inwards folding smartphones 5 years ago, carrying out many years of R&D on displays, parts, and materials for this particular mechanism.
However, it seemingly pivoted into outwards folding devices at some point 1 to 2 years ago. This was then Samsung’s biggest focus, with various offshoots like Samsung Electronics and Display joining in to participate in the endeavor.
Samsung has now supposedly decided to discard the project and go back to in-folding phones. Nobody in the industry knows when or why the South Korean firm changed its mind again, but it looks like this one might stick. Some think that it’s close to commercializing these bendable devices since it already has a vast trove of tech related to the inwards-folding method.
Industry sources told ET News that Samsung’s goal is to implement 3R in the curvature of the display. 3R is an indication of the extent to which the screen is bent, here implying a curve that has a radius of 3mm. The company’s mobile head DJ Koh recently confirmed that it was in fact developing bendable devices as part of the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note series.
Samsung’s targeting a 2018 launch for it, which would put a damper on claims that an unveiling is imminent any day now.