One of Samsung’s innovative contributions to the smartphone market was flexibility (although, you can say that Apple succeeded in bringing that idea to life with the iPhone 6). Samsung’s idea of flexibility was first demonstrated at CES 2011 and CES 2013, and since then, the idea has been put into action with Samsung’s curved edged televisions and smartphones. And they’re not alone, LG has been muscling in on the flexibility with their Flex 2. And now, Business Korea reports that a Samsung official has stated that the commercialization of foldable smartphones will be “possible” in 2016.
While 2016 may bring an abundance of foldable tech, Tech Times pointed out that last year Samsung’s Display vice president of business strategy Lee Chang-hoon told the public that the company was planning on releasing a foldable device at the end of 2015. Unfortunately, he didn’t specify the type of device.
And now that we’re halfway through the year, no further announcements have been made concerning a foldable device, and Lee Chang-hoon has been rather quiet. However, this has led to some speculation that the foldable device might be the Galaxy S7.
What do we know of the Galaxy S7? Back in May, TGC wrote about it’s possible announcement and some of specs that were published. Supposedly, we’re looking at a smartphone with 8 gigabytes of RAM, a 64-bit Exynos processor, 4.5 GHz Snapdragon processing power chip, and three different variants (32, 64, and 128 gigabytes of internal storage).
What could flexibility do for the smartphone market? Who knows, it’s exciting to think that you can bend a smartphone in half without having to worry about it breaking. As for the Galaxy 7, not too much is known, and Samsung hasn’t commented on the rumors. While we’re waiting for an update on the Galaxy S7, what are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below.