According to a report published by Bloomberg, the biggest seller of smartphone devices in the world is seriously mulling the possibility of releasing a couple of new handsets that come with display screens that bend, even including a device offering that folds in half (just like those handy compact mirrors).
Samsung is said to be planning to introduce these new smartphones as early as next year. Just like what it did this year in launching its flagship devices (the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge) earlier than expected, the South Korean mobile giant hopes to get a head start on the new iPhone models that Apple will surely introduce in the later part of 2017.
The bendable smartphones, codenamed Project Valley, will reportedly make use of organic light emitting diodes (OLED) in their display screens. According to sources who requested to remain anonymous, the second smartphone is expected to feature a 5 inch display screen when used as a typical smartphone. When unfolded however, the device’s display screen expands its size to 8 inches, which basically transforms itself into a tablet-like device.
As the world’s leading supplier of OLED panels for smartphones and tablet devices, Samsung has led the way in exploring new display screen formats for handsets, as exemplified by its Edge smartphones which feature displays that curve to the sides of the smartphone’s body. The company’s use of advanced display screens may have helped it regain its form, especially after experiencing slow growth in sales for the past couple of years. Technologically speaking, switching to OLED on its premium handsets has also allowed Samsung to achieve more vivid colors on its devices’ display screens, while at the same time, facilitating better battery power efficiency (OLED panels do not drain power as much as other types of displays).
The results of Samsung’s Project Valley could be unveiled as early as February next year, around the time of the annual Mobile World Congress, which will be held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. As mentioned earlier, this would give the South Korean phone maker some head start before Apple launches its 2017 iPhone devices approaching next year’s holiday season.
It is also quite possible that Samsung will name the newest model of its Galaxy Note handset as the Galaxy Note 7. So why skip the Galaxy Note 6? Sources say that bypassing the Note 6 model allows the Note lineup to catch up with the Galaxy S series. But wait -- are the new bendable smartphones included in the Galaxy S range? Possible but unlikely, the sources are saying.
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