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    The convoluted matter of when Samsung intends to bring the first fully flexible smartphone to market appeared settled a few days ago, with an extremely reputable source claiming not one, but two such bendy devices would debut early next year. While Samsung has been working on foldable screen technology for roughly a decade, it’s still not sure it’ll be able to precede rivals LG, OPPO and Lenovo to stores, which is why Gregory Lee just came out to reveal and remind the world that Project Valley will spawn a functional prototype extremely soon. As in, possibly by the end of this year, as ...

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    With all eyes on both Lenovo’s own-brand and Motorola-labeled next big things, we were this close to ignoring the next big thing after modular smartphones and augmented reality, which the Chinese tech giant also offered a glimpse at during its jam-packed San Francisco keynote yesterday. If you happen to play back the two-hour Tech World-opening conference on YouTube, and pay attention around the 11-minute mark, you’ll get to quickly gaze at possibly the fiercest rival for Samsung’s long-in-development Galaxy X. As it turns out, Lenovo has been working hard on foldable handhelds and ...

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    While Samsung’s age-old flexible Youm smartphone display concept yielded several quirky consumer products in the Galaxy Round, Note Edge, then increasingly popular S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and S7 Edge, behind-the-scenes work continued on bringing even more curves and elasticity to tomorrow’s high-end mobile devices. For a number of years now, we’ve been hearing of plans to turn the wild, futuristic idea of a fully bendable phone into reality soon, but every so often delays enter the equation as Samsung can’t manage to overcome mass-manufacturing, build quality and other obstacles ...

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    The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, isn't a stranger to mobile innovations — it made the ReFlex flexible smartphone concept after all. But in light of holograms (heh) becoming more and more popular in consumer technology, students at the school have decided to take it up to the next step with a flexible smartphone that can project holograms. Meet the HoloFlex: It's bendy, it's trendy and it's quite a bit spendy. At least, we suppose the R&D costs of it were. But it combines the boring 'ol flexibility of a plastic OLED touchscreen with lightfield lens array ...

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    "There's nothing flat about you." Depending on your gender, self-image, and the cultural values where you live, that quote (from Dr. Ramchan Woo, LG's Head of Mobile Product Planning) could be taken any number of ways. But applied to the whole of humanity in the most general sense possible, it's true: we're a race of rather rounded organisms. Yet the smartphones we carry with us to communicate with our curvy compatriots are almost invariably flat: boxy, right-angled handhelds that often pay little more than passing attention to ergonomics. That's the reason, according to Dr. Woo, that LG ...

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    Rumors of curved and flexible displays have flooded the Internet for well over a year now. Samsung announced its flexible YOUM OLED displays at CES 2013. Concepts and word of such flexible smartphones reach back even further, like the Galaxy Skin concept from late 2011. It has long been understood that flexible displays would not initially bring flexible smartphones. Battery technology breakthroughs have introduced flexible cells. In smartphones, most other components, internally, are still quite rigid. That's not to say a flexible smartphone isn't possible. Nokia made a kinetic phone ...

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    Of all the technologies we're expecting to one day come to smartphones, there may be none that raises more questions than flexible screens. Could we see full-on bendable phones? Is this just going to help make regular smartphone designs less prone to accidental screen damage? Time will eventually tell, but when will these things actually get here in the first place? Over the years, we've seen plenty of companies playing around with this tech at trade shows, but so far no one's been able to put in a commercially released device. Now it's looking like LG just might be the first, and its ...

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    Manufacturers have been teasing us with flexible displays for years. You'll be hard pressed to find a trade show anywhere in the world that doesn't have some booth with a thin sheet of plastic being twisted and flattened over and over. The Future, they say, will be made up of these  displays, built-in to everything from bracelets to automotive displays. What they're not telling you is that although the display may be flexible, and the futuristic mock-ups are intended to be twisted and rolled, that's not the real intent -- nor is it their real advantage. Yes, it looks cool, high-tech, and ...

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    We've heard about flexible displays for quite a while. Most of us have envisioned screens that roll up or fold away. Although that may be possible in the future, it's probably not what we'll see right away. Since the Nexus S, Samsung has been working on curved displays, which they called the "Contour Display". Its younger brother, the Galaxy Nexus, also has a curved screen. That's not entirely true. Though the glass is curved, the "screen" is not, and the backs of the devices are decidedly flat. Samsung's YOUM design replaces the glass sheets used in traditional OLED screens with a ...

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