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Samsung to unveil a 5-inch foldable smartphone in 2017: Report

India TV Tech Desk 07 Jun 2016, 18:40:36 IST
India TV Tech Desk

New Delhi: The foldable smartphone that South Korean smartphone maker Samsung has been working on for the last few years will soon become reality.

Samsung in the latest report seems to have made major progress in foldable display technology. According to a recent report by Bloomberg, the company will unveil two smartphones with flexible displays at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2017.

Both the smartphones will not be a part of the Galaxy S Series, and have so far been codenamed as the Project Valley.

The company may unveil a game-changer device next year which can be a 5-inch smartphone when folded and turn into a 7-inch tablet when opened.

A prototype of foldable display is finished with development and the company is hoping to mass-produce the device starting from second half of this year, Korean news site ETNews reports.

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Samsung reportedly invested into several technologies that are needed to build foldable smartphone. Internally, it is being referred to as ‘smartlet.’ The device can bend a screen in half by using OLED Display. One can carry it like a wallet and use it by opening it.

“Development of foldable OLED is taking place according to our plan. We are planning on mass-production and release of this product by discussing with our partners,” Lee Chang-hoon, director of Samsung Display, said in January this year.

A representative of the industry was quoted saying, “although mass-production cannot be concluded hastily since Samsung Electronics still has few other major tasks to complete, I have heard that Samsung Electronics had made considerable amount of results in the time being.”

(with IANS inputs)