In addition to cutting down the total number of smartphones it’ll launch next year, Samsung also plans to launch foldable smartphones at some point in 2015, ZDNet reports. The company has already launched a couple of handsets with curved displays, including the Galaxy Round and the Galaxy Note Edge, but it’s yet to mass produce a smartphone with a flexible display that can actually be folded in half.
“We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 [flexible displays each month] by the end of next year,” Samsung Display vice president of business strategic team Lee Chang-hoon said at Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York. “There will be no company [except Samsung] that has this great production capacity by 2016.”
“We plan to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year. However, nothing has been decided on the finished product,” the exec added.
Lee also hinted that Samsung may be working on smartphones with dual-edged displays in the future, depending on what customers demand from the company.
“Consumers’ preference will decide whether one side will become the band, or either sides. We are prepared to make customised designed products based on consumer needs,” the exec said.
Recent reports have revealed that Samsung is designing the Galaxy S6 from scratch, and that the company is working on a brand new family of smartphones. Other reports have also suggested the Galaxy S6 could have “Edge” displays on both sides of the screen.