Two of the most prominent brands in the world of mobile are looking to bring fully functioning foldable smartphone devices to life as early as this year. As reported by the Korea Herald, South Korea’s biggest phone makers, Samsung and LG, both have plans to release bendable handsets in 2017.
Back in June of last year, it was reported that Samsung had revealed that it was indeed intending to launch its bendable smartphone offering starting this year. The latest rumors now indicate that the world’s largest seller of mobile devices is busy polishing a smartphone that comes with the ability to fold itself out into a 7 inch tablet device. Moreover, it is quite possible that the company is readying to deploy more than a hundred thousand units of this device after this year’s halfway mark.
According to the report published by the Korea Herald, Samsung is still not completely certain that it will be able to commercially release a foldable smartphone in 2017. Needless to say, building a bendable handset is easier said than done, but even if a phone maker succeeds in doing that, there are still other factors to consider, like profitability and marketability. It just does not make sense for any mobile manufacturer, even one as big as Samsung, to release a product that might not sell. And lest we forget, Samsung does not want another dud in its hands, especially after what it has been through with the failure of its last phablet offering, the Galaxy Note 7. Still, one of the Korea Herald’s sources did state that the tech giant is looking to make a final decision regarding releasing a foldable smartphone when it is done reorganizing its IT and mobile phone businesses.
As for LG, it is said to have plans of deploying also 100,000 bendable smartphones by some time in the months leading to the holiday season. Some are saying that LG may have had a head start in the race to launch the first ever foldable handset, due to the fact that the company was reported exploring such an idea before Samsung. This began with its release of the G Flex smartphone back in 2014, and although that device was not technically foldable, it did feature a curved shaped design that allowed the handset to bend a little. But it also quite possible that LG will be only content with developing this type of technology and then cede it to other phone maker clients, like Apple or Huawei, for instance.
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