Sources close to Samsung confided to Bloomberg that phones with bendable screens are getting closer to reality. The South Korean conglomerate is reportedly working on two smartphones with bendable OLED screens, including a model that folds in half like a cosmetic compact.
The devices using organic light-emitting diodes could be unveiled as soon as early 2017, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. That would likely give it a head start on new Apple Inc. iPhones. The second Samsung model will have a 5-inch screen when used as a handset, that unfurls into a display that’s as large as 8 inches, similar to a tablet, the people said.
While the concept has been around for quite some time, bendable screens have so far been limited to products like the multi-sided Edge smartphones. IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung Woo claims one of the biggest roadblocks was the creation of durable, transparent plastics, but this problem seems resolved by now.