A consumer-ready device with a display capable of bending and folding should become official sometime next year.
Curved displays became a popular feature on high-end phones due to Samsung, and foldable displays are what the company is set on achieving next. The company says it has made great progress in the development of the technology and where 2018 could be the year something debuts.
Koh Dong-jin, who leads the mobile division at Samsung, had this to say:
“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year. When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.”
The details of the problems weren’t specified. But, if Samsung does have the technology ready in 2018, the expectation is that it’ll debut with the next Galaxy Note. In 2014, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note Edge and created a ton of buzz due to the single-side curved display. Now that curve is on both sides of the display and remains a standout feature for Samsung’s flagships. By adding a foldable display, the Galaxy Note series once again becomes the launchpad for innovative ideas.
Samsung also confirmed it’s working with Harman, a subsidiary of the company, to create a artificial intelligence-based device for the home powered by Bixby. The upcoming smart speaker would compete with Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo, and Google’s Home.