Samsung May Reveal a Foldable Smartphone in January [Rumor]

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  1. dgstorm

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    According to the latest rumint, Samsung may be farther along in their foldable smartphone development than we might have guessed. Take this with a grain of salt, but insider sources claim Samsung could be ready to reveal a retail-ready foldable smartphone as early as January of next year (2016).

    The phone is dubbed "Project Valley," (which is a rumor we have heard before), and there will supposedly be two versions of the device. One will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620, while the other might have the more powerful 820. Along with these internals, the phone is rumored to include 3GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, but will obviously come with a non-removable battery.

    To be clear, it's not completely crazy to think it could happen that soon. Samsung Display has gone on record claiming that “the commercialization of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016.” It would be a pretty big deal if Samsung was able to pull it off. A foldable smartphone could be the first truly different innovation in mobile tech to come along in a great while. What do you folks think?

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    If the inside display when open spans the centerline, I'm in! In other words when open becomes a solid display all the way across. That would provide a large display that was extremely portable to fit in pockets.
     
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    It's an awesome idea (especially since it appears to have a secondary display for the front when closed).

    I just hope that future generations have a better execution of the "hinge". Or at least do something to correct the asymmetrical look (which I hate).

    And if you're going to release a high-end device in 2016, at least give it 4GB of ram...especially if it is supposed to double as a tablet.
     
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    I think it's a great idea and the next step to really pushing the boundaries of smartphones. The recent hardware push, to me, was Sony's 4k screen, but do we really need that high quality of a display on a smartphone? This could definitely be the next push, hardware-wise.
     
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    No, even 2k on a smartphone is pretty pointless. On a tablet though, it might make sense.

    Might make for some interesting dimensions, but I figure you should have a phone that can unfold into @8.4" tablet (perfect size, IMO)...or, at least, the width of a tablet that size is in the ballpark of the vertical dimension of most phones.
     
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    I'd definitely like to get hands on something like this. Can't say that I'd jump on the FIRST generation in this case though. While I like to be an early adopter of things, it just seems like there's too much that could potentially go wrong. Sure, having a screen on the front, if fully touch-enabled, would cut down on wear and tear at the hinge, but I have to imagine it'd be hard to create a display that flexes enough to open and close a bunch of times.

    I hope they do bring this sucker to the market, but I'm wondering what the premium price tag will read...
     
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    I think it's an awesome concept and hope Sammy will deliver next year. IMO, smartphones are becoming a bit boring and this would be the adrenalin we have been waiting for...
     
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    I have been waiting for a Flip phone like smart device to come out ever since the market started toying with the bendable displays. If the rumor is true then I am one step closer to the goal. How long until Moto dusts off the design cues of the RAZR V3?
     
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    You're right a lot could go wrong, but it would be mostly the hinge which shouldn't be rocket science to be durable. The flex screens have been tested/folded up to 10,000 times or more (or at least I've read in the past).

    I'd be more concerned with looseness/play developing in the screen or at the hinge where it folds.

    But it's such an awesome idea:
    1) a decent-sized tablet you can fold-up and put in your pocket
    2) "phones" with much longer batteries (if you use it that way, because it needs a tablet battery after all)
    3) kill the phablet!....ok, this is wishful thinking

    Of course, when they could load up this thing with bleeding edge specs and charge you double - tablet PLUS phone - they'll trickle out the tech and slowly suck your wallet dry.
     
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    Yes it will have a solid center. It will be made of glass to strengthen the display.
     
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    Reminds me of the phone from the movie "Her"
     
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    I can't see this working. If anyone has ever tried to fold anything solid before, eventually it cracks along the Fold line. You might fold it successfully few hundred thousand times but it will crack unless it's two separate screens hinged together.
     
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