Leave it to Samsung! The concept of a fordable phone or tablet has been floating around for quite a while, but as of January 2019 Samsung has provided us with a glimmer of hope that a consumer grade phone with a fordable screen may actually be a thing; and something that we can buy very soon.
Back in 2011 Samsung showed us that a fordable phone was a possibility. The device looked chunky and awkward, but even back then it somewhat worked, remaining intact after 100,000 folds, with only a 6% drop in brightness at the center, where all the folding action happened.
In 2012 Samsung published a video of one of their fordable screen products. It was rumored that the bendable screen products would be released some time in 2013, but Samsung withheld the release of any such products as there were still a few bugs to sort out. We applaud Samsung for this move!
Samsung CEO DJ Koh recently hinted that a Samsung mobile device could be unveiled very soon, but it’s not clear if consumers will actually be able to purchase the fordable phone this year. DJ Koh admitted that the process has been difficult and plagued with many challenges. Notwithstanding, it is rumored that flagship phone to first have a bendable display will be the Galaxy Note.
Stemming from information conveyed at CES 2019, it is said that the Samsung’s fordable smartphone will come available with a 7.3-inch display which can be bent into three different ways.
As you can imagine this phone will not be cheap. Samsung is projecting this phone to be popular among men in their 40’s, as they are the main demographic with income flexibility and who won’t have to pick up night shifts at McDonalds to afford it. The phone itself is projected to cost around $1,336 USD which is a bit on the pricey side.
Right now Samsung says that marketing of the phone may start some time by the first half of 2019, and at the onset only 1 million units will be produced. The problem right now is sorting out the final touches on the phone, and putting it through a rigor of tests to ensure its durability.
This is going to be a pivoting point in the mobile phone industry. Once perfected, we can expect to see this technology trickle down the Samsung line, and maybe even in their tablets, or TV’s.