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Samsung Demoed Foldable Device Prototypes on Analyst Day

by Jacob Kleinman | November 7, 2013November 7, 2013 10:00 am PST

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Yesterday we shared a handful of slides of Samsung’s Analyst Day outlining the company’s plans for flexible devices over the next few years, but now we’re learning that the South Korean company actually brought a few “concept versions” to the event. Unfortunately no one was allowed to photograph the prototypes, but one analyst spoke to The Wall Street Journal, describing what he saw.

According to Daiwa Securities analyst Jae H. Lee, the first device was a smartphone about the size of the Galaxy S III that folded like a clamshell. Lee also describes a second device “the size of a lengthy wallet which can be unfolded on both sides into the size of a tablet computer,” telling WSJ he was impressed by both prototypes.

Samsung says it expects to release the first flexible and bendable smartphones as soon as 2016. The company claims it already owns 33 percent of all patents related to the technology and has everything in place to start mass producing the devices barring a few necessary technological innovations. Until then, expect increasingly sharp displays, likely in the 4K UHD range.


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...