Manufacturers have been feeding our imagination with visions of foldable phones for a long time, but apparently it’s easier said than done. So far none of the ideas managed to materialize due to technical difficulties, but it may change pretty soon. If the latest rumors are to be believed, Samsung 2016 flagship expected to be foldable smartphone that could be announced as soon as in January.
Samsung might unveil foldable smartphone next January
Sounds unrealistic? We wouldn’t be so sure. Samsung has been known to experiment with screens for some time. The company was one of the first to introduce a smartphone with a curved screen (the Galaxy Round) and further explored the idea of a flexible display in the Galaxy Edge. It seems logical that the next step would be a foldable display. The concept of a bendable phone is not entirely new to Samsung. Allegedly, the company showcased a prototype of a foldable phone at a private meeting at CES 2014, however, it hasn’t been officially confirmed. Moreover, earlier this year the company promised that it would deliver a foldable phone in 2016.
There is no doubt that something is cooking in Samsung’s kitchen. According to a leak coming from Weibo, the Korean company is currently working on a Project V smartphone which will be foldable. Details are scarce at the moment, but it looks like the device will have two display panels connected with hyperelastic materials which will allow for thousands of closings and openings without deterioration of the folding area.
Spec-wise, the phone is expected to come either with an octa-core Snapdragon 620 or quad-core Snapdragon 820 chip on board. The latter is Qualcomm’s latest and best processor that features Quick Charge 3.0. The device could also pack 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expanded storage, and a non-removable battery. Battery capacity and camera resolution are a mystery for now, as is the size of screen panels.
It remains to be seen whether Samsung manages to make good on its promise, but you have to admit that it’s awful lot of details, which may suggest that the Project V handset is a real deal. We certainly hope it is. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait to carry in a pocket a phablet-size device folded in half. Not to mention all the possibilities a foldable screen could open.