Rumour mills never run dry and if the latest of its tittle-tattle is to be believed then Samsung is going to be unveiling two prototype devices with foldable screens to an invite-only audience at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.
According to a report by Korean news outlet ETnews, the smartphone manufacturer will be showcasing two prototypes — one with an inward folding screen imitating a book and another with an outward folding display.
Samsung will most likely seek to commercialise the outward folding one, like the one showcased by Lenovo last year.
These devices won’t be showcased to the public but will only be shown to a selected few in a closed-door invite-only event during the MWC.
With this limited invite-only unveiling, Samsung will be looking forward to anticipating the market response in case they go out for a public unveiling of the prototype at a later stage.
Producing a foldable screen device isn’t entirely impossible if a substrate core material with a polyimide CPI film to replace the screen is used in the device.
An official told ETnews, “Major suppliers are expecting Samsung Electronics to quickly commercialise parts quality and performance that they can supply for the foldable smartphone.”
Samsung is still trying to reclaim its foot in the smartphone territory following the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which ended in the discontinuation of the device and also released key findings of why that happened in the first place.
The company is working towards recapturing its brand image as it has also launched ad campaigns specifying the special care that they’re now taking while assembling their devices — making sure that there is no repeat of exploding devices bearing its name.
There is no official news on when mass production of the rumoured device will begin but such a major step towards tech upgrade is likely to draw flak rather than awe from the general public and the Korea-based smartphone manufacturer must be careful.