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Samsung Promises Foldable Smartphones by 2016

by Jacob Kleinman | November 6, 2013November 6, 2013 9:30 am PDT

Samsung held its second ever Analyst Day in Seoul, and the South Korean company had plenty to share. Throughout the seven separate presentations, the smartphone-maker did everything it could to impress investors. One promise was to roll out smartphones with 4K displays, and flexible handsets that can actually bend, within the next few years.

Foldable smartphones and other flexible wearable devices are the future, at least in Samsung’s mind, and it has done everything to ensure it will be at the forefront of this new wave of products. Samsung is ready to start mass producing flexible AMOLED as soon as it can get around a few technological barriers, and claims it holds 33 percent of all patents related to the technology. The company hopes to roll out the first “bended” smartphones next year and the first foldable devices in 2016. Technically, it’s already well on its way with the Galaxy Round.

In the meantime, Samsung will continue to beef up its current displays. In 2014 the company plans to release new smartphones with a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a whopping 560ppi. A year later, we’ll apparently see the first 4K smartphones with Ultra HD 3480 x 2160-pixel displays. Whether or not the human eye can actually see that resolution on small screens is an entirely different question.

Samsung also confirmed rumors that its next flagship smartphone will feature a 16-megapixel camera, and also revealed its plans to manufacture its own processor core for the first time for its 64-bit CPU. Overall, the company clearly has big plans for 2014 and beyond. We can’t wait to see what its next generation of smartphones will be capable of.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...