Samsung to Unveil Foldable Smartphone in Third Quarter: Report

By | Jan 12, 2017 10:10 PM EST
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro.

Samsung is reportedly working on a foldable phone that opens into a 7-inch tablet when unfolded. (Photo : Getty Images)

Rumors about Samsung's plan to release a foldable phone have been buzzing for some time since last year. Recently, it appears that Samsung is actually up to the challenge with the electronics giant reported to be planning to release the device in the third quarter of this year.

A Korean media outlet reported that Samsung is working on a foldable phone that opens into a 7-inch tablet when unfolded. According to CNet, Samsung is expected to ship more than 100,000 units of this uniquely designed device during the third quarter of this year, sources familiar with the matter said.

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The Korea Herald reported that Samsung had initially tried to work on a fold-in smartphone but ditched the plan due to concerns that users might find it inconvenient to unfold their device every time they want to use it. Moreover, Samsung had shown interest in building a foldable phone when a patent filing way back in 2015 was leaked showing design concepts of not only a foldable phone but also of a device that can be rolled up like a paper.

Developing a foldable phone will be a major breakthrough not only in design but also in the way how Samsung will have to make it. One major hurdle is whether to develop a bendable circuit board or to create to separate boards for each fold and then connect them together.

Aside from Samsung, there are rumors claiming that LG is also working on its own foldable phone model. With the recent hype about this kind of device, it will not take long until one major company rolls out one too.

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