Phones’ screens make them too small to really replace tablets, while tablets are too big to make reasonable phones. Samsung and LG may soon have an easy answer: a pocketable phone that unfolds to become a tablet.
These companies and others have been working on the technology necessary for a flexible screen for several years, and their efforts are apparently nearing fruition: an unconfirmed report originating in Korea indicates that smartphones with foldable displays could be on the market in the July-Sept. quarter.
Samsung showed off a concept device back in 2014, giving the world an indication what the future product might look like: a standard display on the outside will function as a phone, but opening a clamshell will reveal an inner screen that’s twice as large.
This company is supposedly going to introduce an Android-powered smartphone with a foldable display under its own brand, while LG will to offer its flexible screens to other phone/tablet makers.
There’s no word on the pricing for these devices, or what regions of the world they will be available in. Samsung typically introduces cutting-edge models like this first in Korea to see how they perform before deciding on a broader release.