Remember yesterday we reported on Samsung concepts that showed off how future Samsung devices could have displays that could be folded or at least bent? Well it looks like that future will be coming in a couple of years’ time, according to Samsung’s CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, who promised that the South Korean tech giant will be introducing foldable displays to their smartphones in 2015 that could debut in devices like tablets, smartphones, and even wearable electronics such as smartwatches. This is particularly interesting because as it stands, Samsung has the Galaxy Round which features a display that can be curved rather substantially, but the downside is that the screen itself is rather rigid, meaning that while the entire device is curved, that’s pretty much all you’re going to get.
Samsung has shown off some pretty malleable displays in the form of the Youm earlier at CES this year, but while displays can be made to flex, in order to make the entire device flexible, other components, such as its battery, needs to be malleable too which is presumably what Samsung is working towards. We have yet to see a compelling need or reason for devices with flexible or foldable displays, and as it stands it feels more like a novelty feature rather than functional, but who knows what sort of ideas companies like Samsung could cook up from now until then!
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