Samsung’s radical folding smartphone could hit the shelves later this year.
That’s according to Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh, who told CNBC that it’s ‘time to deliver’ the much-anticipated foldable phone.
Koh added that the device may be unveiled at the Samsung Developer Conference in November.
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Samsung’s radical folding smartphone could hit the shelves later this year. Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh said that it’s ‘time to deliver’ the much-anticipated foldable phone
Samsung has ramped up its focus on producing a foldable phone after consumer surveys indicated there was interest in such a device, CNBC noted.
Koh didn’t offer up many details about how the phone will be designed, but said the company wants to give users a unique product that’s much different from a tablet.
‘Every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer,’ Koh told CNBC.
‘So when the end customer uses it, [they think] “wow, this is the reason Samsung made it.”‘
Koh explained that the development process has been ‘complicated’ but that it’s ‘nearly concluded’ it, CNBC said.
Samsung has had its eyes on a foldable phone for many years now.
Samsung has long discussed the idea of releasing a folding phone. It’s patented many folding designs, like this one showing a book-like handset that can be opened to become a tablet
When not in use, the secondary display can be turned into a touchpad, which could see it turned into a gaming console rather like Nintendo’s DS range
It first released a prototype bendable OLED display in 2012 and then created an advertisement showing off a possible foldable phone design in 2014.
Since then, rumors have been steadily building suggesting Samsung could soon release a folding phone.
A report from the Wall Street Journal in July said Samsung is developing a device, codenamed ‘Winner,’ here the screen can be folded in half like a wallet.
It’s expected to have a 7-inch display that, when folded, features a camera on the back and a small display bar on the front.
Previous reports have indicated that the official name of the device will be the Galaxy X.
Late last year, patent drawings revealed more details of what could be Samsung’s first foldable phone.
Similar to the Journal report, the sides of the device can be folded inwards or outwards, to transform into a tablet.
To accommodate for the device’s massive screen, Samsung would have to build an even bigger battery, which has raised concerns among some at the company
SAMSUNG’S FOLDING PATENT
Samsung has previously been awarded a patent for a radical design that allows a phone to fold in two.
It could lead to a handset that can easily transform into a tablet – simply by unfolding it.
A complex hinge allows the device to be folded in half
When folded, the device resembles a wallet, patent drawings have shown
The document shows a narrow Samsung device with a screen that bends and folds like an old-school flip phone handset, with a large hinge.
The device is described as something that can be ‘folded or unfolded semi automatically.’
When not in use, the secondary display can be turned into a touchpad, which could see it turned into a gaming console rather like Nintendo’s DS range.
The patent that was published in the WIPO database was requested by Samsung Electronics on April 24, 2017.
Samsung wouldn’t be the first company to release a folding phone.
ZTE recently released its Axon M smartphone which features two 5.2-inch displays, which can be used to show separate apps, or work together as a larger tablet display.
LG has also filed several patents describing a ‘mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half.’