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Samsung modernises flip-phones with bendable screens

Samsung could be launching a fresh new twist on the flip phone, thanks to its flexible screen tech which can bend over double…

Samsung has been experimenting with flexible screen tech for some time now, as well as curved displays – just check out the recently-launched Galaxy Note Edge, a quirky, if not a little underwhelming device which has received a solid reception. Buoyed by this, Samsung has announced plans to bring out a folding smartphone with a flexible display by the end of 2015.

Speaking to the Samsung Investor Forum, Lee Chang-hoon, the vice president of business strategic team, confirmed the company’s interest in ramping up production of new flexible displays and implementing the new technology across its range.

“We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 (flexible displays each month) by the end of next year,” said Mr Lee. He added: “There will be no company (except Samsung) that has this great production capacity by 2016.”

On the subject of a device boasting the new screen tech, he said: “We plan to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year. However, nothing has been decided on the finished product.”

Speculation of quite how Samsung plans to implement flexible screens has been rife for some time now, but the belief now is that the company will produce a folding smartphone, akin to older clamshell models, with a large screen taking up the device’s entirety.

2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for smartphones, although few other companies seem as wiling to innovate as Samsung. The company’s fraternal competitor, LG, recently announced it aims to put out bendable devices next year, although it’s not expecting to release fully foldable phones until 2017. That gives Samsung a whole two years to vacuum up a massive slice of the market and perfect its technique.

Would you buy a folding smartphone if it still had a big and beautiful screen? Let us know.

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