Samsung Electronics Co. is considering introducing two new smartphone models that will feature bendable screens, including a version that folds in half like a cosmetic compact, people familiar with the matter said.
Samsung could make an announcement about one or both the bendable devices codenamed Project Valley, which is widely known as Galaxy X, at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) event taking place in Barcelona. One of the two models of the bendable devices will have a 5in screen when used as a handset, which unfurls into a display of 8in, very much like a tablet. And the other handset will bend and take the shape of a wrist band (a wide one).
Not much is known about these devices, but if the said reports turn out to be facts, we might see a major game-changer next year.
“This product could be a game-changer if Samsung successfully comes up with a user interface suitable for bendable screens,” said Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities, “Next year is a probable scenario. Their biggest obstacle was related to making transparent plastics and making them durable, which seems resolved by now.”