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Samsung’s Folding Smartphone Is Actually Being Developed

And it may be released as early as next year.

Kathleen RileyApril 4th 2016

A New Era In Smartphones

Many of us use our smartphones these days to complete a wide range of tasks; however, tablets still come in handy, allowing us to complete a variety of tasks that would otherwise be difficult (if not impossible) on a smaller screen.

But with Samsung’s latest invention, you can forget about having to budget twice as much for two separate electronic devices.

Samsung has announced its plan to create a foldable smartphone, dubbed the ‘smartlet.’ The phone is a 2-in-1…a smartphone that can transform into a 7-inch tablet when unfolded. You can probably picture it acting a bit like a book. And indeed, it kind of does.

Image Credit: Samsung

So, how does the thing work?

The ‘smartlet’ uses an OLED screen (organic light-emitting diode) that allows the device to fold. These OLEDs also provide a brighter display on electronic devices, are super thin, and use less energy than LCDs.

This new development comes about as Smartphones are reaching their climax. There’s not much more to develop, and products are becoming more generalized. Samsung asserts that they noticed this trend happening over the past 3 years, and hopes that the Smartlet will unleash a new wave of smartphone technology.

“Development of foldable OLED is taking place according to plan,” said Lee Chang-hoon, Director of Samsung’s Display Division. Samsung is hoping to mass-produce the smartphone-tablet starting the second half of this year. There are still some kinks to work out in development procedures, but Samsung has been making notable progress.

What will the future of smartphones be like from here?

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