The company is reportedly developing a prototype for a smartphone with two displays connected to each other with a hinge in the middle. The dual-screen setup will basically allow the device to fold up to 180 degrees, South Korean outlet The Investor reports.
According to the publication, the Big S has already placed orders for components and plans to produce between 2,000 and 3,000 prototypes in the first half of the year.
An undisclosed industry insider told The Investor that, “Samsung seems to be testing the waters with the dual-screen device to gather ideas about its upcoming foldable phone.”
The outlet further added that Samsung’s Display division has been gradually ramping up its screen tech research efforts, with plans to roll out a limited batch of foldable handsets in the latter half of this year.
The South Korean behemoth has been repeatedly rumored to be working on bendable panels for its foldable phone, reportedly codenamed Galaxy X – still, the company is yet to showcase any functional prototypes.
But with LG touting its rollable screen tech – the era of flexible panels might be a lot closer than we think. The question is who gets there first.