Some rumours suggested that Samsung had advanced in introducing its first device of that kind already in 2016, which would have been before the initially planned launch date of 2017. Based on more reliable reports from Korea that show that SDC is starting its production of foldable OLEDs in the second half of the current year however, we expect that Samsung will not launch the phone before 2017. Some would argue that the Galaxy S8 looks like a promising candidate.
Concepts that have been repeatedly coming up imply that the device will double as a 5-inch smartphone and a 7-inch tablet. Of course, certain technical issues are still unsolved, but with the latest advancements a start of mass production of such a device looks more and more possible before the end of this year.
As you might remember, we have actually seen two foldable OLED prototypes by the Korean tech giant at the end of 2014. Back then they presented the 5.5″ (WQXGA, 2048×1526, 464 PPI) panel that folds in half and a 10 inch tri-foldable AMOLED (Full-HD, 218 PPI). A further report shows that Solip Technology was chosen as the supplier of the substrate, providing Samsung with a glass-plastic hybrid.