According to news from the Korea Herald, both Samsung and LG may be about to reveal foldable devices sometime later this year. Rumors of the companies efforts to come up with devices that could be folded onto themselves came out early last year. However, if the Herald is to be believed, we might see the public launch of such a product before the year is out.
Apparently, Samsung and LG are both vying to be the first to hit the market with their foldable displays. While Samsung is more likely to pack it in its own devices, LG could market it out to other manufacturers. However, that is not stopping the latter from attempting to beat Samsung in getting the foldable displays into the market. Reportedly, both the companies will have as many as 100,000 displays ready by the 3rd-4th quarter of 2017.
However, while Samsung has a slight edge over LG as far as timing is concerned, it is losing that edge thanks to the recent trouble it has been embroiled into. The company has yet to take a decision upon how it wants to proceed with the release of the foldable displays.
The final decision will be made after the personnel reshuffle of the company’s information technology and mobile communications unit is carried out.
Meanwhile, LG’s technology is being touted as more complete as compared to Samsung’s offering. However, Samsung’s technology is complete as well. The South Korean company faced a moment of truth as it debated over the question of whether to keep the foldable screen in or out. It then decided to go ahead with screens that were out over the assumption that customers would not like to have to open the screen multiple times.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s device — which we heard of for obvious reasons, as Project Valley last year — could take the form of a 7 inch tablet when completely open. Although what happens when you fold it? Does it turn into a smartphone? What about the battery life? There are many more questions like this when one of these companies comes ahead and makes an official disclosure.