Smartphones with curved displays are here, and as we saw with the LG G Flex, they’re even a bit flexible already. Yesterday, we brought you a slide from Samsung’s Analyst Day event (which continues to be a font of great information) depicting the company’s plans for the evolution of this tech, focusing on more bendable designs next year before full-on foldable models emerging sometime in mid-2015. While actual commercial foldable products may still be a long way off, it turns out that Samsung’s also been showing off some of its current designs, giving us an idea of what to expect.
Analyst Day was off-limit to the press, and the analysts attending the festivities weren’t permitted to snap any pictures of Samsung’s demo, but their first-hand accounts still provide valuable information.
Apparently Samsung had one design that was the general size and shape of a phone like the Galaxy S III – so, a regular sub-five-inch slate – but could fold in half from top to bottom. There’s also word of something like a long wallet that unfolds from both sides – making this sound like a triptych of sorts – into a tablet-sized device. And just to be clear, the image above is from Samsung’s work two years ago, and doesn’t reflect the current state of the tech.
For as often as we joke about how archaic it seems to see smartphone manufacturers release the odd flip phone model every now and then, a proper foldable design, still retaining the general look of a traditional smartphone, might be just what the idea needs in order to find itself a second life.