Samsung is reportedly said to be working on a tablet with a foldable display that can fold in on itself into a smartphone form factor. The device will allegedly be launched in 2015.
Talk about flexible displays is not new. In fact, the first Samsung patents that referenced the tri-fold display were from 2012, which highlighted how a smartphone can be folded outward to morph into a tablet. At the time, it was indicated that the technical knowhow needed to bring such a device to fruition would be in place by the end of 2015 or 2016.
However, it looks like Samsung is closer to achieving that goal, as news out of South Korea mentions that the manufacturer has already created a few prototypes of a device with a foldable display, and that a commercial launch may be on the cards sometime in 2015.
The tablet will allegedly feature an 8-inch or 9-inch full-HD OLED screen. There hasn't been any official confirmation from Samsung on these rumors, but a rumour from earlier this year revealed that Samsung was showcasing a bendable tablet prototype behind closed doors at the MWC.
While a tri-fold design is interesting, it isn't the only foldable device Samsung is alleged to be working on. The next version of the Galaxy Note phablet is said to feature a three-sided YOUM display that allows you to view incoming notifications from an angle.
Even if such a tri-fold tablet/smartphone device made its way onto the market next year, it is likely that it will be sold in limited quantities in select regions, like the Galaxy Round. At this stage, it is unclear as to how the user interface would be tailored to take advantage of the foldable display, or the internal hardware that would be featured in the device.
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