A smartphone is supposed to fit comfortably in your side pocket. But today smartphones are larger than ever, with screens so big that it can’t be easily slipped into your pocket
To address this issue, Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone. Samsung is set to mass produce this foldable device by the end of this year and release the folding handset sometime next year. The foldable device is known internally as a Smartlet.
The Smartlet folds in two like a book and will look like a regular 5” smartphone, slightly smaller than the new Samsung Galaxy S7. It can be expanded by being pulled up by the user. Once unfolded, this device will expand to 7”.
Samsung hopes to attract consumer attention with this new product in the slowing market that saw explosive growth in the last decade.
Samsung has spent years in developing this technology. The foldable device is being developed under the codename Project Valley. It will use bendable plastic screens being developed by Samsung’s display division.
Samsung haven’t yet come out with details regarding this device but industry sources claim that two versions of the phone are being tested – one with a Snapdragon 620 processor and another with a Snapdragon 820.