Samsung And LG’s Foldable Phones Said To Be Set For 2017 Debut
Sources reporting to The Korea Herald say that (after years of prototypes, rumours and hand-wringing) 2017 will be the year that foldable smartphones finally come to market.
The Herald alleges that both LG and Samsung are preparing to unveil and launch these new concept phones in the second half of 2017
“Samsung is expected to roll out more than 100,000 units of fold-out devices in the third quarter,” sources told The Korea Herald.
They say that Samsung completed development of fold-in phones and began transitioning toward fold-out technologies after test users found it inconvenient to unfold on a regular basis.
“Since the company already secured fold-in phone technology, it was not a big challenge to shift into the fold-out phones,” sources said.
Reports say that, despite technical completion, Samsung Electronics has not made a final decision about whether they will unveil the device this year – primarily because of marketability and profitability issues.
“The final decision will be made after the personnel reshuffle of the company’s information technology and mobile communications unit is carried out,” sources told The Korea Herald.
Meanwhile LG Electronics is tipped to produce more than 100,000 foldable devices in the fourth quarter.
Sources say that LG’s fold-out tech is more advanced than Samsung and has been in development for a longer period.
Consequently, the reports highlight the possibility of LG licensing the tech to other tech companies like Huawei or Apple.
Apple, for what it’s worth, has been haunted by its own foldable handset rumours for some time now.
The tech giant won a patent for a flexible OLED screen in November last year, fuelling rumours that a major hardware redesign towards foldability would be on the cards for the 2017 iPhone.