A couple of months ago, Motorola announced that they would be taking on the Phonebloks concept to turn it into a reality, calling it Project Ara. For those unfamiliar, the goal behind Project Ara is to create smartphones made of modular components, meaning that users would be able to pick and choose which hardware goes into their phone, and swap out existing parts for upgraded ones, kind of like building your own computer. Well it turns out that Xiaomi has similar plans of their own which is called Magic Cube.
The images above were originally posted by the company’s CEO on Weibo, but was soon taken down. Based on what we can see, the concept is pretty similar to Project Ara, save for the screen which appears to be attached to the mainboard, meaning you can’t remove it without removing the mainboard at the same time. Unfortunately apart from these photos, not much else is known about the project for now. Some have speculated that it could be Xiaomi’s Magic Cube project that might have attracted Google’s Hugo Barra to join the company, where he promised to help transform Xiaomi into the next Google or Amazon.
When it comes to flexible display technology, companies such as Samsung probably come to mind. This is thanks to the South Korean tech giant’s demonstration of the Youm technology earlier this year, not to mention the release of the Galaxy Round, the world’s first smartphone with a flexible display. Recently there have also been talks about a flexible tablet, and also the possibility of a flexible OLED TV which has been rumored for unveiling at CES 2014. Well the semi-good news is that the idea of a flexible OLED TV might not be so far-fetched, as Samsung’s co-CEO, Boo-keun Yoon, acknowledged that devices like that could be a possibility.
In an interview with CNET, Yoon was asked if we could be seeing a TV with a flexible display in the future, in which Yoon answered in the affirmative by saying, “It can be.” This short and succinct statement at the very least acknowledges that the possibility is there, although it does not exactly confirm when we might see it. This is compared to the rest of the interview in which Yoon gave pretty long and detailed answers, hinting that maybe with a possible demonstration around the corner at CES 2014, Yoon did not want to give too much away. What do you guys think? Who else is excited at the idea of a TV with a flexible display?