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Samsung Display: Foldable Smartphones Will Not be Commercialized Before 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy X foldable smartphone may not launch this year after all.

Principal Engineer at Samsung Display, Kim Tae-woong said today that the current bezel-less display “sells well”, leaving the company with ample time to develop the foldable display technology. He believes that the technology will be ready for its prime debut sometime in 2019. Currently, the company is apparently facing some technical challenges with foldable displays, which will need to be taken care of before 2019.

Chung Won-soek, analyst at HI Investment and Securities added, “Samsung Display is expected to commercialize foldable phones in 2019 because the company does not need to sell the new hardware because it is already enjoying 20 percent of operating profits with bezel-free display. When the demand for bezel-free handsets slows down, Samsung will unveil the foldable display as the next card.”

Over the past year or so, we have been hearing rumors suggesting that the first foldable smartphones will be arriving in 2017. Just a few days back, a rumor had even suggested that Samsung will be debuting the foldable Galaxy X smartphone at IFA this year. Now however, it is quite clear that Samsung is going to focus solely on ‘bezel-less’ displays until 2019. As the current Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have a screen-to-body ratio of “only” 83%, we can expect future Galaxy flagships to have a higher screen-to-body ratio, possibly matching Xiaomi’s Mi MIX.

Source: The Korea Herald

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