We have gone past the age of foldable cellphones. But are we ready for such mobile technology to come back in our smartphones?
Ready or not, smartphones with foldable displays might just hit the market in 2019 for mass consumption, says a Samsung engineer.
“Because the bezel-free display currently sells so well, we still have enough time to develop foldable display[s],” said Samsung Display principal engineer Kim Tae-woong through The Korea Herald. He added, “The technology is expected to be mature around 2019.”
Foldable smartphones might be an easy sell because of their ability to be compact, being foldable into smaller sizes. It is easier for users to be put inside the pocket or to carry around.
Kyocera, through Sprint, launched a foldable mobile technology before but it didn’t fare so much. But “Echo” wasn’t the kind that has a screen which can be folded in half, and instead used two separate display panels.
Samsung was expected to deliver its foldable smartphone in the Mobile World Congress in February according to a report from Bloomberg, but to no avail. The device, which has an inside name “Project Valley”, might still be undergoing development so not to disappoint expecting customers.
When not fully going into foldable, smartphones can be bendable. Samsung also leads in this technology. Bendable displays were used in the mobile manufacturer’s flagship smartphones for the past several years. It should take caution, however, since foldable displays might just make bendable screens obsolete.