Say goodbye to bend gate as bendable smartphones could finally become a reality. According to sources close to Samsung, the company is working on a new bendable screen smartphone that could be released as early as the first quarter of 2017.
Experts close to Samsung have predicted that the new smartphones could be announced as early as the Mobile World Congress in February. These new bendable screen phones would come in two sizes, much like that of the Apple iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus.
One phone could have a 5-inch screen when used in traditional fashion, and it then could be opened to a tablet size that could be as large as eight inches. The smaller version is predicted to be sized around the traditional 5-inch size found in today’s smartphones. However, users could fold this smartphone in half creating a “cosmetic compact” that could easily slide into small pockets on pants or in almost any bag.
The products are codenamed “Project Valley,” and while they could alter how we use smartphones, they won’t be considered Samsung’s flagship products. Instead, they are more of an experiment by the company to test how consumers will receive smartphones with bendable screens. This means that the new handsets won’t fall under the Galaxy S line of phones but will more than likely have their very own name that is unique to the new bendable smartphone line.
“This product could be a game-changer if Samsung successfully comes up with a user interface suitable for bendable screens,” said Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities Co. in Seoul. “Next year is a probable scenario. Their biggest obstacle was related to making transparent plastics and making them durable, which seems resolved by now.”
The Galaxy line is expected to include a curved OLED display as is the upcoming iPhone 7. Apple’s next smartphone is expected to include this same type of display along with an edge to edge design that is bezel free similar to the Galaxy S7 line from Samsung. Overall, the iPhone 7 is expected to be nothing more than an incremental update as the company waits for its anniversary release of the iPhone 8.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how these different product lines compete against one another in the years to come. Will the bendable displays be a hit or will users still prefer a more traditional approach to smartphone usage? Only time will tell, and we will have to wait and see how the smartphones stack up against traditional phones before we can even begin to make predictions.
What do you think about these new smartphones from Samsung? Are bendable screens a good idea that consumers will love to use instead of the traditional glass screens that don’t budge even a fraction of an inch? Sound off about what you think about these rumors and let me know what you think about bendable screens. I must admit I can’t decide if it is a good idea or not. Send me your thoughts I would love to hear you what think.