2017 might be the most exciting year the smartphone industry has seen in quite some time. Not only have we seen rumors that Apple in 2017 will release an iPhone with an edge to edge screen and a curved OLED display, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Samsung’s smartphone lineup next year may easily outshine anything Apple brings to the table.
According to the report, Samsung in 2017 may release not one, but two new smartphone models with bendable OLED screens. One model is said to fold completely in half like a “cosmetic compact” while the other device will reportedly be a 5-inch device that “unfurls into a display that’s as large as 8 inches.”
Color us intrigued.
Stemming from a secret initiative called Project Valley, rumblings of Samsung’s concerted interest in bringing a bendable smartphone to market have been floating around for a few years now.
Now as for when we might get a chance to feast our collective eyes on such a device, Bloomberg notes that Samsung’s rumored and admittedly futuristic smartphones might be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next February. Also of note is that Samsung isn’t planning to advertise its bendable phones under its Galaxy S line, perhaps implying that these somewhat mythical smartphone models will be premium products priced beyond what most smartphone buyers are accustomed to.
Of course, skeptics might rightfully bring up the fact that Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun back in November of 2013 boasted that Samsung would release a device with a bendable display by 2015. In other words, as exciting as the Bloomberg rumor is, it’s probably best to take this news with a grain of salt.