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Samsung and LG may launch foldable smartphones in Q3 and Q4 respectively

By Cookie Monster - on 12 Jan 2017, 1:00am

Samsung and LG may launch foldable smartphones in Q3 and Q4 respectively

Image source: The Korea Herald

It has been reportedly extensively for more than two years that Samsung is working on foldable mobile devices. If the latest report is to be trusted, we could be looking at Samsung's first wave of foldable smartphones in the third quarter of this year while LG will launch its own in the fourth quarter.

Sources told The Korea Herald that the South Korean company is expected to roll out more than 100,000 units later this year. These foldable smartphones have display panels facing outwards which could be unfolded and used as a 7-inch tablet.

Samsung is said to have begun development of fold-out technologies in August 2016, but it has not made up its mind on whether to launch the devices this year due to marketability and profitability issues. 

ETNews reported in December last year that Samsung is developing a "dual-screen" model with a flat display on either side and a foldable smartphone with a single flexible OLED display. The "dual-screen" model will be released first to gauge customer's response and market demand before deciding whether to release the second model. The former is believed to be the device developed under the "Project Valley" codename

On the other hand, LG reportedly started the development of fold-out technologies earlier than Samsung and hence, made more advances. LG could also use its technologies for other handset makers such as Apple. The iPhone maker has been granted a patent for a flexible and curved display design.

Source: The Korea Herald via SamMobile

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