Report: Samsung to Start Production of a Foldable Smartphone in November
Foldable smartphones are becoming a reality. In 2017, we saw the ZTE Axon M launch in the US with dual displays, and Samsung confirmed that it was working on a flexible device pegged for release in 2018. We’ve also recently seen a patent that potentially describes Samsung’s user interface for its foldable device, as well as a patent for a fully curved device.
Now, according to a report by ET News, Samsung is expected to start production of its first foldable smartphone in November ahead of a mass-market debut in either December or in early 2019.
The report, quoting unnamed sources, states that the company has recently settled on the phone’s final specifications and production plans. The crucial part of display development is will be completed by March, so that panel production will be able to start in September.
ET News says that the phone “is likely” to have a 7.3-inch OLED display that “folds inside”. Samsung Display is reportedly testing a prototype to ensure that parts aren’t damaged by continual folding and unfolding, and that the panel layers and adhesives don’t become detached — a phenomenon known as “decoupling”.
Samsung plans to unveil the foldable display in a “private meeting with key clients” during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. The upcoming foldable device is likely to be Samsung’s most expensive smartphone ever, according to ET News, and it’s said to lead to a “premium push” by the company in the next few years.
It’s important to note that the report is based on unnamed sources, who could be incorrect. While it seems increasingly plausible, we’ll have to wait for more details to determine whether Samsung’s elusive foldable device will see the light of day this year.
Via: The Investor