Smartphones are getting better with each passing year, but in a way (and despite the various technological advancements), our daily smartphones also seem to have stagnated.
Sure enough, there have been a few interesting technologies featured in the headlines during the past year or so, including 3D Touch, laser auto-focus, and stunning 2K displays. However, we haven’t had any “game-changing” features to discuss in quite some time. 3D Touch might prove to be one, but only time will tell just how indispensable the technology will become once more developers get the hang of it.
The exciting news is that we might witness a significant shift in the evolution of smartphones relatively soon. It will be caused by the introduction of foldable smartphones, and the two major smartphone makers to light the fuse might be none other than LG and Samsung, who are now reported to be in the final stages of their foldable smartphone projects.
LG and Samsung Working on Foldable Smartphone Prototypes?
Part of what makes the concept of foldable smartphones possible is the OLED display technology, and as you might know, the OLED market is dominated by none other than LG and Samsung. The former’s OLED panels are renowned in the TV department, whereas Samsung’s efforts to improve OLED are more visible in the smartphone business.
In any case, reports from Korea now suggest that both Samsung and LG are gearing up to release foldable smartphones. Specifically, Samsung already has a working prototype, which after seeing some improvements might be launched as early as January if some of the earlier rumors turn out to be true.
As for LG, the Korean media claims that LG Display succeeded in producing its first foldable displays. The company is now reviewing its possibilities, including the commercialization of its own foldable smartphone. Furthermore, in the near future, LG is also said to consider supplying Apple and Google with foldable smartphone displays. Rumor has it that Apple is already thinking of building a foldable iPhone for 2018, and assuming that this is true then the Cupertino giant will have little-to-no options aside from partnering up with one of the Korean companies, or both, in order to acquire the flexible panels.
Any thoughts on the concept of foldable smartphones? Do you think they might be necessary, convenient, cool, gimmicky, or just a pipe dream? Feel free to let us know in the comment section.