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Flexible display technologies been under development for years, but the closest thing we’ve gotten to devices with displays that can actually bend are phones like Samsung’s “Edge” phones with curved glass edges and the LG G Flex line of phones which are not only curved, but which can also flex a bit without breaking.

But Samsung may be preparing to go even further. Rumor has it that the company will introduce a phone with a folding display in 2016. This would let you hold a phone in one hand for normal smartphone-style applications, or unfold the phone to double your phone real-estate for viewing and interacting with apps.

Right now all we have are rumors — Samsung hasn’t confirmed that it’s working on a folding phone yet, and it’s not entirely clear how practical such a device would be. But concept photos sure show some promise.

samsung folding display concept

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3 replies on “Lilbits 307: Phones with folding displays?”

    1. Yes, this may allow phones to become smaller in folded mode, so one could hold them more comfortably in the pocket. However, the folding radius may not be very small (see the image), so the phone cannot be as thin as current high-end phones (although it could hold more battery if it is thicker anyway).

      1. a 5″ folded phone with the footprint of a flip phone might be appealing too

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