Samsung Planning Foldable Screens in 2015

If you think smartphone screens are getting big, just wait. Samsung has outlined its roadmap for selling devices with foldable displays by the end of 2015, possibly leading to screens that open up to even larger displays than what is now available.

The roadmap was unveiled Wednesday at the company's Analyst Day in South Korea. A slide, part of a presentation by Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun, showed that curved screens are coming sometime this year, as Samsung has already announced, with bendable screens starting in 2015 and extending into 2016.

Foldable screens emerge at the end of 2015, although the bar showing them emerges on the other side of starburst graphic that contains the words "technology barriers." No further detail is specified as to the barriers that still must be overcome.

Flexible Screens

A phone with a foldable screen could not only offer more display space than is currently available in smartphones, but could allow the phone to actually be carried more like a foldable wallet. It also raises the possibility of display screens on a variety of bendable or rounded surfaces that do not currently have screens, such as hats or clothing.

Foldable screens aren't the only wow-technology Samsung has in store for the near future. As early as next year, it intends to release devices with the highest commercially available high-definition resolutions, 4K or Ultra HD, at 3840x2160 pixels. Currently, the highest resolution smartphones are 1920x1080.

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January, Samsung showed a prototype smartphone that had a flexible display, constructed of a thin plastic that the company said was virtually unbreakable by dropping. The screen extended over the edge of the handset, so information could be read on the edge of the device. The prototype was primarily for proof-of-concept, not a complete device, and...

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