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Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Apple's future in foldable displays on devices of all sorts hit the rumor fan this week as a patent for said tech passed through the USPTO. This patent defines a device with a flexible display, one which "folds about a bend axis" and uses either OLED or micro-LED lighting technology for its display. This display folds along an axis and includes an inactive tail portion which bends about another bend axis.

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LG’s flexible OLED lamps aim to make lightbulbs obsolete

LG’s flexible OLED lamps aim to make lightbulbs obsolete

Next year LG will begin selling flexible OLED lamps to the general public. These are, to put it simply, panels of light as flexible as a piece of paper. While LG's been working on and with these types of lamps and lighting for several years, sources suggest that consumer-aimed flexible OLED lamps may be launched for consumers next year. This is the dawn of the curved light - and almost certainly the precursor to the fully flexible full room smart lighting system as an everyday occurrence.

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Lenovo teases bendable, voice-controlled laptop concept

Lenovo teases bendable, voice-controlled laptop concept

Although Lenovo, even after its Motorola acquisition, is finding difficulty securing a foothold in the mobile market, it remains the world's top PC vendor, especially when it comes to laptops. That has allowed it to venture off into a few experiments, like the more or less successful YOGA line or the so-so Yoga Book and its Halo Keyboard. At its Lenovo Transform event in New York, Lenovo revealed one of its possible future experiments, a laptop that can be folded, rolled, and bended, and doesn't have a trackpad. Lenovo calls it the "Future of Personalized Computing".

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Samsung has a stretchable display it will show off soon

Samsung has a stretchable display it will show off soon

Forget foldable or even rollable displays. Stretchable screens are the future! OK, that might be a bit of a stretch, but this type of display moves us closer to the holy grail of deformable devices. Unsurprisingly, Samsung says it has something like that and it will be giving the world a sneak peek later this week. Of course, it has had flexible and foldable screens for quite a while now. Creating a consumer device out of those, however, is a different story.

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Samsung could begin shipping foldable displays in 2019

Samsung could begin shipping foldable displays in 2019

The promise of smartphones and tablets with foldable displays is one that's been around for a while, but so far, we haven't really seen these displays take center stage. That could all change relatively soon, with Samsung Display signaling today that it might be ready to roll out foldable displays on a large scale by 2019.

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Samsung’s foldable smartphone might show up at MWC 2017

Samsung’s foldable smartphone might show up at MWC 2017

With the Galaxy S8 already scheduled not debut at MWC 2017 later this month, the attention of Samsung fans might be focused instead on the Galaxy Tab S3. However, the spotlight might actually be hogged by a device that might not even be released this year. Years in the making, Samsung is now rumored to be showing off some prototypes of its elusive foldable displays and devices, specifically a foldable smartphone, at MWC 2017. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s actually close to launching one this year.

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JDI FULL ACTIVE FLEX Full HD screen show LCDs can bend too

JDI FULL ACTIVE FLEX Full HD screen show LCDs can bend too

There seems to be a concerted effort among device manufacturers to switch to OLED display technologies, from TV to smartphones. Even Apple, ever the champion of LCDs on mobile, is believed to be making the switch this year, if not next. But while LCDs and OLEDs usually balance out their pros and cons, there is one area where OLEDs trump LCDs: flexibility. Well, not anymore. Japan Display, Inc., more popularly known as JDI, is showing off its new FULL ACTIVE FLEX panel, boasting of 1920x1080 pixels of flexible LCD.

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Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Just when you thought that Samsung is really close to launching a foldable smartphone next year, it seems that it’s still not a sure deal. Or if it does come, it will be even more limited than the eccentric and curved Galaxy Round. According to reports, the embattled Korean OEM is indeed already capable of producing a foldable smartphone by late 2017, albeit in small quantities. Uncharacteristic of Samsung, however, is the report that the company is actually exercising caution, having second thoughts about the feasibility of such a product.

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LG tipped to have foldable displays, smartphones in the works

LG tipped to have foldable displays, smartphones in the works

Although the media portrays Apple as Samsung's eternal rival, the Korean manufacturer also has an equally potent competitor right in its own backyard. Samsung and LG have always gone head to head with one another in a rat's race of who will come out first with the newest piece of technology. So it is no surprise that LG is now tipped to also be at the cusp of having a foldable display and, soon, a foldable smartphone, right when market watchers predict Samsung to reveal such devices next year.

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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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