We know that Samsung has already put out a phone with a curve in it, called the Galaxy Round because “Galaxy Curve” was already taken. And we know Samsung has higher ambitions for its flexy screens. How high? Try a phone you can fold like paper, less than two years from now.
This has been, quite literally, years in the making. Samsung has been working on flexible screens for reasons well beyond “it’s really neat.” Flexible screens are better able to absorb impacts, so the more flexy your screen is, the less likely you are to need it replaced if you drop the phone. The problem has largely been getting the pixel counts up, which Samsung has also licked.
High Resolution. And Bendy!
How high will the pixel counts go? Samsung is anticipating AMOLED screens that flex and that have pixel counts of 560ppi. To give you an idea of just how much higher than the current standard that is, your iPhone 5S currently has 326 ppi. Yes, Samsung wants to jack up the pixel count on phones by 78% or so. This is partially so Samsung can make your phone a 4K display, which really strikes us as overkill, but, hey, the tech industry isn’t about modesty and humility. It’s about making massive claims about the future, and these both count.
Will We Actually See It?
Samsung is usually pretty good with its timelines on this, so yeah, we probably will. Whether the foldable phone will actually happen in 2015 is a bit more of a reach, but the high-resolution displays are pretty much an inevitability; Samsung can simply sell those and make lots of money, so they’ll be investing the cash to do just that. In short, come 2015 smartphones are going to be much weirder than they are now. And that’s probably a good thing.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.