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Samsung tipped to finally have a foldable smartphone in 2017

Samsung tipped to finally have a foldable smartphone in 2017

At CES 2013, Samsung played a video showing off its dreams of a foldable mobile device, built around its then new YOUM flexible display brand. It would take nearly half a decade, but that fated day might finally be upon us. According to sources speaking on the condition of anonymity, Samsung is ready to show the world the first smartphone that will not only have a bendable display but also fold out from a smartphone to a small tablet. And it could be revealed as early as MWC 2017.

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Moxi bendable phone could beat Samsung to market but in black & white

Moxi bendable phone could beat Samsung to market but in black & white

Samsung might finally make good its boast a couple of years ago to revolutionize the mobile device industry with flexible, bendable screens. It has just recently flaunted actual working demos of such displays that could very well make it to "prototype" commercial devices next year. A Chinese company by the name of Moxi ("mou-she"), however, might beat Samsung to the punch by launching its own bendable smartphone as early as late 2016. The catch, however, is that this first generation will only have a black and white display.

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Watch Samsung’s rollable display in action

Watch Samsung’s rollable display in action

Samsung knows how to make an eye-catching concept device, and the company's rollable display prototype doesn't disappoint. Shown off for the first time at SID 2016 in San Francisco this week, the 5.7-inch screen takes Samsung Display's OLED technology and furls it up into a very pocket-friendly form factor.

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HoloFlex makes dreams of bendable, holographic phones come true

HoloFlex makes dreams of bendable, holographic phones come true

A few years ago, Samsung and LG were almost at east other's throats, trying to beat the other to the flexible smartphone race. Both, however, have stopped short of that goal, settling for curved smartphones like the G Flex, or curved edge screens like the Galaxy S7 edge. Some, however, have never given up that dream. Researchers from Australia's Queen's University Human Media Lab have cooked up a smartphone that does flex just a bit. That, however, is only in service to the HoloFlex's real raison d'être: projecting holograms.

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Tearable displays by Google may help find your lost dog

Tearable displays by Google may help find your lost dog

Google has imagined a sort of display which, cost depending, could make your "Lost Dog" poster an interactive experience. Google has patented a technology which includes information displays that can be physically altered by a user. One portion of the display is torn off, and that portion exists as a display in and of itself, working with its own power and - perhaps - its own processing power that works into the future.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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New Samsung patent continues dream of rollable, foldable phones

New Samsung patent continues dream of rollable, foldable phones

Once upon a time, ok just two or three years ago, Korean rivals Samsung and LG were seemingly involved in a rat race for foldable, if not flexible, devices. The two have recently become silent, with both having achieved some amount of success as far as flexible screens go. Samsung, however, has definitely not given up on the dream just yet. A new batch of patents filed at the USPTO hints just as much, with three new designs that could pique one's curiosity. At least as far as ideas go.

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Samsung’s folding smartphone might not launch in the US

Samsung’s folding smartphone might not launch in the US

Although mostly drowned out by the curved edges and unimetal bodies, Samsung doesn't seem to have forgotten the boast it made a couple of years ago. Courtesy of its display-making prowess, it would make the world's first smartphone with a foldable display. Every year, the Korean OEM is rumored to be preparing its launch and this year is no different. Rumor says 2016 will be the year. But rumor also says that while it may be true, Samsung's exotic smartphone might not actually reach US shores.

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Wove may be the true fashion-friendly smart bracelet to beat

Wove may be the true fashion-friendly smart bracelet to beat

Earlier this year we saw Wove for the first time - now, several months down the line, we're able to see the device in a bit more detail. This device works with a bendable display that wraps around your wrist like a slap-bracelet from the 1990's. We saw what the display could do - now we're seeing more on how the content will exist on the band. We're also seeing the possibilities expand with how you'll be utilizing this band to be hyper-fashionable for the year 2015 and beyond.

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You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

While we're now well into the era of curved screen smartphones, thanks to hits like Samsung's Galaxy Edge devices, Taiwanese manufacturer AUO has raised the bar with its new flexible phone concept. Unveiled at Touch Taiwan 2015 this week, the screen isn't just bendable for the sake of showing how strong it is, it's actually used as a form of input. Corners or sides of the phone can be bent with up to six degrees getting recognized as inputs similar to a stylus or pinch-to-zoom gestures.

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Polyera Wove wearable previews true flexible display

Polyera Wove wearable previews true flexible display

Rollable displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction but they've been slow to show up in the real world, something startup Polyera aims to change. Just headed out of stealth mode after spending a decade working on flexible electronics to pair with a monochrome E Ink display, Polyera plans to demonstrate the worth of its Flexible Thin-Film Transistors with a homegrown product, the Wove wristband, in 2016.

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Samsung’s Korean patent shows tri-folding tablet design

Samsung’s Korean patent shows tri-folding tablet design

It seems that Samsung is getting back on track when it comes to its fantastical display ambitions. Once known for its obsession for foldable and bendable displays, Samsung is once again the subject of rumors of equally fantastical devices of the future. A recent patent granted to its by the Korean Intellectual Property Office reveals just how much the Korean OEM has thought about the topic. This latest shows a tablet that can fold in three parts to become what could very well be a phablet.

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